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La Huerta del Retiro, Seville
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La Huerta del Retiro, Seville

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Description In 1859, Rico received a scholarship to study in France. Rejected as a pupil by Daubigny, Rico turned to sketching outdoor river scenes near Paris on his own. He was encouraged in these pursuits by Alexandre Calame, the Swiss view-painter, and was later befriended by Camille Pissarro. His art, however, reflected the influence of the light-drenched landscapes of his countryman Mariano Fortuny more than the works of the impressionists. In an orange grove are three donkeys with panniers, a dog, a man and boy gathering fruit, and two seated women, all rendered in the small scale characteristic of Rico's figures. Behind is a town that was traditionally identified as Toledo, and above, a brilliant sky with scattered clouds.
Date Description Narrative
6/12/1951Treatmentcoated; lined; varnish removed or reduced
3/12/1982Examinationexamined for condition
6/01/1991Treatmentloss compensation; surface cleaned
  • Fortuny and His Circle. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1970.
  • Martin Rico (1833-1908). Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid; Meadows Museum, Dallas. 2012-2013.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1878 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: RICO; [Stamp] On frame: E.Carpentier Fils/Paris/101 Faubourg St.Denis 101
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878

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oil on canvas
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H: 16 9/16 x W: 29 1/2 in. (42 x 75 cm); Framed H: 29 3/4 × W: 42 15/16 × D: 5 7/8 in. (75.6 × 109 × 15 cm)
  • Spain, Granada (Place Depicted)
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