Luis Ricardo Falero Spain

2-7-1851 Granada, ESP - 12-7-1896 London, ENG

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Falero, Luis Ricardo

Luis Ricardo Falero, Duke of Labranzano, specialized in female nudes and mythological, oriental and fantasy settings. Most of his paintings contained at least one nude or topless female.

To learn the English language, as well as watercolor painting, his parents, of a high economic level, sent him to study in Richmond, Great Britain. In 1860, when he was only 9 years old, he left England to continue his studies in Paris. He returned to Spain to join the Spanish Navy, following the wishes of his parents, but at the age of 16, despite his bitter disappointment, he left the service to study art, chemistry and industrial engineering. The experiments that he had to conduct in the latter two were so dangerous, however, that he decided to focus on painting alone. After Paris, he studied in London, where he eventually settled.

Luis Ricardo Falero had a particular interest in astronomy and incorporated celestial constellations into many of his works, such as "The Marriage of a Comet" and "Twin Stars". His interest and knowledge of astronomy also led him to illustrate the works of Camille Flammarion.

In 1896, the year of his death, Maud Harvey sued Luis Ricardo Falero for paternity. The suit alleged that Falero seduced Harvey when she was 17 first serving as his housemaid, and then model. When he discovered she was pregnant, he dismissed her. She won the case and was awarded five shillings per week in support of their child. Falero died at the age of 45.

Movement: Symbolism
Traveled: France. England
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