Martín Rico y Ortega (12 November 1833 – 13 April 1908) was a remarkable Spanish painter who had international success mostly for his landscapes and cityscapes.
His paintings seem to have this peaceful elegance to them. This is probably due to the relatively high key which he painted in (most of the colors are on the lighter side) with some sharp, dark accents strategically scattered throughout the paintings.
You should take note of how well-composed the paintings are. It would not be easy to paint such intricate scenes whilst retaining a sense of unity and harmony. He seems to have done so by ensuring there is enough variance throughout the paintings so that they do not appear stagnant and also by balancing the “busy” areas against much softer areas of subtle tonal changes.
Below is a close-up of one of his paintings which reveals his intricate brushwork and use of color. Also notice how nothing seems to be over-blended. There is a distinct feel to all his brush markings and colors.
Here are some more of his paintings:
Christie’s – Details of painting sales and some high-resolution painting photos.
Museo Del Prado – Some more details on Martin Rico and high-resolution painting photos.
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8 comments on “Elegant Realism By Martin Rico”
I just love his paintings! His use of colour is exquisite!
Yes it is beautiful! Certainly shows what is possible. Thanks Jean.
Thanks so much for sharing this! This is exactly the type of realism that I aspire to create in my paintings! I am in awe of his work and enjoy everything you share, thanks again.
It is a beautiful kind of realism isn’t it! Thanks for the kind words Shirley.
Thanks for showing us the work of Martin Rico! I had never heard of him before but will now research what I can. Love the colours mixed into his buildings and skies x
Yes I only become familiar with him recently. Amazing artist! Thanks Gwen.
Once again, thank you for sharing. I’m always pleased to see your name on my computer.!
That is exactly what I want to hear Ginger, thanks!