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Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting
in the Pérez-Simón Collection

From 25 June to 12 October 2014 (extended closing date)

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
The Roses of Heliogabalus (detail)
Oil on canvas
132.7 x 214.4 cm

Pérez-Simón Collection, Mexico

Carmen in Spanish collections

From 7 October until 9 November 2014

Special Collaborative Exhibition. Free entry

Pablo Picasso
Illustrations for Le Carmen des Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and Louis Aragon>
Bancaja Collection, Valencia
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014

Biography and Works

Gilbert Stuart
North Kingston, 1755-Boston, 1828


Considered by his contemporaries to be the “father of American portraiture”, Gilbert Stuart first trained under the Scottish-born painter Cosmo Alexander, with whom he travelled around America from 1769 and to Scotland in 1771

He. returned to Britain in 1775 and settled in London, where he worked as Benjamin West’s assistant for five years. In 1777 he began to exhibit his works at the Royal Academy and the success he enjoyed enabled him to establish himself independently in 1782. The year he married, 1786, he and his wife went to live in Ireland. During the five years he remained in Dublin he worked as a portraitist, painting the Protestant minority

Stuart. returned to the United States in 1793 with the intention of painting the new nation’s first president, George Washington, as the best means of earning a reputation as a portraitist. For this purpose he settled in Philadelphia, then the capital, and achieved his aim in 1795. This first portrait was followed by many others, both of the president and his family and of other prominent peopleWhen. the capital was moved to Washington, Stuart also went to live in the city in 1803 to remain close to his clientele. However, barely two years later he decided to travel to Boston, where he lived until his death. Stuart’s art evolved from the linear style of the early years to looser brushwork under the influence of painters like Benjamin West, Joshua Reynolds and George Rommey. The portraits he painted after his years of training in Britain, which made him the portraitist of the Revolution, were widely copied and many young painters, among them his sons and Charles Willson Peale, were attracted and influenced by them


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