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Pepe Pinazo, Ramón Mateu

Pepe Pinazo

Inv. No. CE3/00561

This bronze bust depicts José Pinazo Martínez (1879-1933), son of Ignacio Pinazo and therefore brother of the sculptor Ignacio Pinazo, some of whose works are conserved at the museum. José Pinazo was also a painter: born in Rome, where his father owned a guesthouse, he trained in the family workshop and in the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos. His work, marked from the beginning by the costumbrismo and naturalism of Sorolla, evolved into a more refined and understated style where line and relief took precedence. Within his work, costumbrismo, still lifes and portraits are dominant (displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia and the Prado Museum).

Ramón Mateu (1891-1981) who was also a painter, made numerous trips around Europe (France, Belgium, Italy) and America (USA, Chile, Cuba, Peru), producing public monuments, portraits and images. His work was exhibited in one-man shows in New York, Havana, Lima and Madrid. His most famous works include: Monument to Zenea, a monument to a Cuban poet for Havana, the Keshua bust now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Valencia (1927) and the equestrian statue of Pizarro for Lima’s City Council (1931).

Aguilera Cerni, a Valencian art critic, places the sculptor among the renovators of classicism, although he does not form part of the innovative movements of his time and he disassociated himself from academicism.

Item displayed in the Sala Pinazo, first floor.