Antiques - Paintings
Reference: Z6128

Oil on canvas, "El segador", Ignacio Díaz Olano, 1890.
Signed and dated in the lower right corner.
Ignacio Salvador Díaz Ruiz de Olano (Vitoria, 1860-1937), painter and teacher of painters and better known as Ignacio Díaz, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Vitoria as a pupil of Emilio Soubrier Martínez, and at the Llotja de Barcelona (1877) -1880), where he met his teacher Gustavo Bacaristas. After finishing his apprenticeship, he returned to his hometown, where he collaborated in the weekly "El Danzarín" as a draftsman, under the pseudonym "Galop". Then, in 1890, he moved to Paris, where he spent four years studying anatomical drawing, and did stage work for the Opera House (some argue that it is not entirely sure that he was in Paris, however) . When he returned to Spain, he participated in the Artistic and Industrial Exhibition of Vitoria with several works in 1884, year in which he also opened his own studio in this city, in which he carried out an outstanding didactic work until its closure in 1894 to go to Barcelona. In this same year he would travel to Rome, where he lived for two years. From 1912-1913 he would also work as a drawing teacher at the General and Technical Institute, a task he carried out until he reached the statutory retirement age in 1932. Between 1890 and 1925 Diaz participated in multiple editions of the National Exhibitions of Fine Arts, achieving bronze medal in 1895 and silver in 1899 and 1901. The Prado Museum of Madrid, the Fine Arts of Vitoria and Asturias, the Provincial of Álava, the City Council and the School of Arts and Crafts of Vitoria, retain their work. private collections, etc.
Numerous experts have pointed out that the art of Ignacio Díaz is greatly influenced by the fact that the painter was surrounded by his countrymen and neighbors for a long time. This motivated that most of the production consisted of oil paintings of folklore and customs, portraits, landscapes and flowers and still lifes. The present oil is a clear example: it shows a harvester, in a wheat field half working and with a small sheaf in his hand, looking towards a point located outside the painting.
Also, you can also appreciate his exceptional observation skills and his solid drawing. In this work, however, we already notice advances when presenting in his work, fully integrated, the light in his compositions. From the hand of the light, and little by little, the color penetrated, which also appears in this painting as totally dominated. His search for immediacy will bring the luminous stain and the chromatic gleam and, over time, he was approaching naturalistic impressionism without entering entirely within this style to maintain his personality and its formal differences."

· Size: 108 x 72 cm; 110 x 74 cm (marco)

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