Hispanic is a term used to denote the culture and people of countries that were ruled by Spain, in the earlier times. The inhabitants of Mexico, Central and South America, Greater Antilles and Guinea are considered to be Hispanic in origin. Vibrant history, heritage and literature, all are associated with the Hispanics. They are also proud to have some of the well known painters of the world, including Picasso, as a part of the Hispanic legacy. The work of the Hispanic painters is still fresh in the minds of people and attracts them till date. In the following lines, we have provided information on some of the most famous Hispanic painters.
Popular Hispanic Artists
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, famous all over the world for incorporating a wide variety of styles in his work. Born on 25th October 1881, Picasso was the co-founder of the Cubist movement. Apart from being a painter, he excelled in drawing and was a sculpture and draftsman. His masterpiece is the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907). Some of the popular works of Picasso include 'D'avignon' (1907), 'Guernica' (1937) and 'The Weeping Woman' (1937). Picasso died on 8th April 1973, at Mougins, France.
Native to Spain, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez was a leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. Velazquez was born on 6th June 1599 at Seville, Spain. The contemporary baroque period artist, Velazquez held a supreme position as a portrait artist. His paintings portrayed the scenes of historical and cultural importance. He was a pro in drawing the portraits of Spanish royal family members and other renowned figures of Europe. 'Las Meninas' (1656) is regarded as his masterpiece.Diego Velazquez passed away on 6th August 1660, in Madrid, Spain.
El Greco was a Greek a painter, sculptor and architect by profession, who worked in the Spanish Renaissance era. Born in Crete (a part of the Republic of Venice during the period), in 1541, the Greek artist was a master in Hispanic painting. He honed his painting skills in Cretan School, where he showcased his inherent artistic talent. The legend breathed his last on 7th April 1614 in Toledo, Spain. Some of his famous works include 'The Assumption of the Virgin' (1577-1579), 'Opening of the Fifth Seal' (1608-1614) and 'View of Toledo' (1596-1600).
Born at Fuente de Cantos, in Extremadura (on 7th November 1598), Francisco was a Spanish painter, who is well-known for his religious paintings that depicted monks, martyrs and nuns. He was fondly known as Spanish Caravaggio, for the forceful and realistic use of 'chiaroscuro' (contrast between light and dark) in his work. One of the very popular works of Francisco Zurbaran comprises of the life-sized figure of a kneeling Franciscan, holding a skull. The Hispanic painter is still remembers for his religious paintings. He died in the year 1664.
Born on 20th April 1893, in Barcelona, Joan Miró i Ferrà was a veteran Spanish Catalan painter, who was a sculptor and ceramist as well. He is known to have developed a style of his own, which came to be known as 'organic forms and flattened picture planes drawn with a sharp line’. He marked the advent of Surrealism, a cultural movement that commenced in the 1920s. Joan Miro, who had received many international accolades for his work, passed away in 1983.