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Retro Rule Five… Luis Ricardo Falero: Femme Papillon, 1888


Falero was Spanish born painter and a talented, precocious child.

His parents sent him for two years to Richmond college in England to learn the English language and also watercolour painting. He was only 9 years old when he left England to continue his studies in Paris. After which he went back to his country to join the Spanish navy, following the wishes of his parents. But at the age of 16, to their bitter disappointment, he left the service, walking all the way to Paris where he studied art, chemistry and mechanical engineering. However, the experiments he had to conduct during some of those studies turned out to be so dangerous that he decided to dedicate himself solely to art.

Favorite subjects for his paintings were female nudes, mostly with Orientalist elements, and also astronomy and magic (i.e. witches riding broomsticks). He spent the final years of his life in London.

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Luis Ricardo Falero; Femme Papillon, 1888

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. 2011/01/19 06:23

    She is truly beautiful! Isn’t the blonde hair unusual for artists of this “sort?” Ran, thank you so much for the link. I will update yours.

  2. 2011/01/19 20:09

    Wonderful eye candy, even for a guy like me who strongly prefers brunettes.

    • 2011/01/20 03:19

      Thanks L! I, too…

      Falero, Boldini, Grosso, LeFebvre and a handful of others had a genuine passion for the subject to add to their skills as superb painters. A lot of 19th century “nude” painters could make a living – but, well, at least a handful knew what they were doing.


  3. 2011/01/20 15:50

    “art, chemistry and mechanical engineering…”

    Now that’s a curious mind. It seems that only recently have people represented an interest in art as being antithetical to interests in science. I find the two inextricably linked.


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