Mariano Barbasán Lagueruela
SUNDAY Feature on ART of Architecture -by Gautam Shah
MARIANO BARBASÁN LAGUERUELA (1864-1924) He was a Spanish painter of genre scenes and cityscapes. He worked in Realist style, but later with effects of Impressionist style.
After attending the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia, he shifted to Madrid. Here in Toledo, he began with historical and theatrical paintings. He with little pension, continued his studies at the Spanish Academy in Rome. Mariano now exclusively worked on genre painting. He was not well known in Spain, until his final return to Zaragoza.
Mariano Barbasán used brilliant colours, full of sunshine and contrast. He used short brush strokes that later turned into impressionist styling. The elements of his compositions like buildings, generally fill up the entire frame with little space for sky. His paintings are always full of people and life.