Francisco Bayeu Y Subías Spain
3-9-1734 Zaragoza, ESP – 8-4-1795 Madrid, ESPBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Francisco Bayeu y Subías initial art studies were with a local master, José Luzán and Antonio González Velázquez. He then moved to Madrid, winning a scholarship with the painting of the ‘’Tyranny of Gerion’’ to study in the Academia Real de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. The death of his parents and the care of his brothers forced him to return to Zaragoza, until he was recalled by Anton Raphael Mengs to help decorate the Royal Palace of Madrid.
In later years, one of Francisco Bayeu y Subías colleagues was Francisco Goya, introducing him to the court. Goya married the sister of Francisco, Josefa Bayeu in 1773. He served as court painter to King Charles III of Spain. He was named a professor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 1765 and director in 1788. He painted in the Charterhouse of Aula Dei in Zaragoza.
In 1783 Francisco Bayeu y Subías was appointed director of paintings for the Royal Tapestry Factory and in 1788, director of the Academy of Fine Arts. He devoted his last years to the portrait paining.
Francisco Bayeu y Subías was involved in the decoration of various Royal palaces near Madrid. He helped provide designs for tapestries. He also painted for the College of San Ildefonso, the Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Madrid), the Basilica of our Lady del Pilar in Zaragoza, and the cloister of the Cathedral of Toledo.
His brothers Ramón and Manuel Bayeu were also painters.
Art Movement: Baroque, Neoclassicism
Influences: José Luzán, Antonio González Velázquez