Portrait of an Arab Man
In this captivating portrait of a man, the sitter gazes out past the viewer in a contemplative manner. The artist has beautifully captured an array of textures in this painting, from the rough, fading background to the expertly painted drapery, framing the face of the subject. The rich, vibrant colours are what really draws our attention to this piece - with tones of gold, red and blue glowing across the composition.
Juan Belda Y Morales was born in Burjassot, Valencia in 1872. Studying at the Royal Academy of Valencia, the artist was a disciple of prominent Spanish painter Joaquin Argasot, before moving to Rome, Italy, where he won various awards and honours in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts (1902). Morales is known for his incredible portraits and often uses religious subjects.
Artist Name: Juan Belda Y Morales (1872 - 1943)
Approx Date: 1895 (dated below the signature)
Board Size: H 24 cm x W 14.5 cm x D 0.4 cm
Medium: Oil on wooden panel