Cecilio Plá Y Gallardo Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

11-22-1860 Valencia, ESP – 8-4-1934 Madrid, ESP

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Gallardo, Cecilio Plá Y

As a child, Cecilio Pla y Gallardo under the desires of his father, who was a bandleader, studied music at the Escuela de Artesanos de Valencia. Later, followed his own drumbeat to be an artist he continued his studies at the Instituto San Pablo and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos.

After winning a Silver Medal at the Exposición de Valencia in 1879, Cecilio Pla moved to Madrid with a friend, where he entered the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, becoming a student of Emilio Sala.

The next year, after traveling through Portugal, France, and Italy, he settled in Rome. From there, he sent home many works, in the Costumbrismo genre, which showed the influence of Mariàno Fortuny. Some were shown at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts, winning medals in 1884 and 1887 for his oil paintings on Italian subjects. He received many more medals over the next two decades, including a Medal of Honor at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.

In 1910, Cecilio Pla y Gallardo began his career as a teacher at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, succeeding Sala in the Chair of "Color Aesthetics and Painting Procedures", which he held until his retirement in 1931. He was named an Academician in 1924. His dedication to teaching reduced his artistic output, the future Cubist Juan Gris was his best-known student.

Besides his paintings and drawings, he worked on many public undertakings, finishing the work begun by Sala at the Casino de Madrid and providing decorations for the Círculo de Bellas Artes.

Cecilio Pla y Gallardo lived and created art in two different centuries, influenced on the one hand, by the Mediterranean light and on the other, by the everyday life, the environment, and its people, of the new bourgeoisie of the start of the century.

Art Movement: Costumbrismo, Realism.
Artists Influencing Pla y Gallardo: Emilio Sala, Mariano Fortuny.
He Traveled To Portugal, France, Italy.
Painters Cecilio Pla y Gallardo Influenced: Juan Gris.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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