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Seascape, Rafael Monléon y Torres

Seascape, Rafael Monléon y Torres

Inv. No. CE4/00255

This oil painting on canvas shows a seascape under a stormy sky. In the foreground, four sailors are trying to drag a small boat onto the shore, leaving behind a tempestuous sea. In the background a lighthouse is visible on top of the cliffs. Rafael Monleón y Torres (1843-1900) was a Valencian artist who specialised in seascapes and maritime scenes. He was educated at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia before becoming a naval pilot. It is also worth noting that thanks to his direct, in-depth knowledge of the sea and ships, he was appointed restorer at the Naval Museum. This enabled him to investigate further the history and engineering of ships. He travelled to the Netherlands and Belgium to learn more on the subject. He also practiced ceramic painting in his father’s factory, San Pío V. Within this field he made decorative plaques and applique pieces for furniture. He designed the façade for the Spanish pavilion at the 1878 Paris World Fair and was awarded the bronze medal at the 1871 National Fine Arts Exhibition in Madrid.

The National Ceramics Museum has various painted ceramic plaques with themes of lakes and Nile landscapes.

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