Self-portrait in his studio by Luis Paret y Alcázar

Self-portrait in his studio by Luis Paret y Alcázar
Self-portrait in his studio by Luis Paret y Alcázar

This painting was painted around 1780 by the Spanish painter Luis Paret y Alcázar, and the work is currently part of the collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

The truth is that the pictorial quality of Paret y Alcázar is undeniable. But it is also true that this author or others of his generation such as Francisco Bayeu or Salvador Maella, like all Spanish painting of the 18th century, has been completely overshadowed by the talent of a genius of the stature of Francisco de Goya.


Self-portrait in his studio by Luis_Paret

Luis Paret can be defined as a painter of delicate, exquisite taste, with a very sweet brushstroke and great sensitivity. In short, he is a magnificent exponent ofRococo artHispanic. An artistic production that is perfectly reflected in the Prado with works such asThe meal of Carlos III, orThe dance of the masks, in addition to the many drawings of him.

And among all these works stands out thisSelf-portrait in his studioA small format painting (40 x 32 cm) in which we are shown in the place of work of him. We see a painting in the background, about a shipwreck. And besides that we see all the tools of his profession. There are his folders, busts, canvases, paint palettes,…

Paradoxically it's as if she took a break to pose for his self-portrait, somethingcompletely impossible. But that is how he shows us in a relaxed attitude, by the way very similar to the one seen in Goya's Portrait of Jovellanos. He is in an armchair, as if meditating. Elegantly dressed despite being his place of work. It is a type of portrait with a melancholy air that became very fashionable at that time, and many painters, philosophers or scientists wanted to pose with that pose.

Researchers have wanted to see as several boxes within the box. Since on the one hand there is the most obvious, the self-portrait in which Paret presents himself to us as a painter and also as a humanist and thinker. On the other hand is the oval painting on the easel, which is supposed to represent the shipwreck of the San Pedro de Alcántara. And finally, on the table you can see some plans that the artist is studying, and it is known that he was commissioned to draw a plan of the place where that shipwreck occurred. Because the objective of Luis Paret is to present himself to the viewer as a painter but that he not only works with brushes, but above all he does it with his mind and his reflections.

And all of this, let's not forget, he is able to represent it in such a small size

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