venerdì 17 giugno 2011


Spanish Art Deco Artist Federico Beltrán Masses (1885-1949)

clip_image001Pola Negri and Rudolph Valentino

Federico Beltrán Masses was a splendid colorist and a prominent representative of Art Deco movement, one of the first in Spain.
The critics of the time depicted his art “a celebration of paganism and refined intellectualism”.

The modern artist painted sexy women in chic dresses, in luscious interiors, decorated with silk and jewels, reviving the magnificent Venetian or Byzantine splendors.

clip_image002La Maja Maldita

The artist portrayed celebrities and royalties from all over the world such as Alfonso XIII of Spain, rulers of Kapurthala, India, King George VI of England or the Shah of Persia, dukes and princesses from around the world, millionaires as Rothschild and idols of the screen as Pola Negri and Rudolph Valentino with whom they first met in 1924 in New York where the painter had an exhibition at the Wildenstein Gallery.

clip_image003Woman in Blue

The artist made several canvases of Valentino and his wife Natasha in Spanish costume and as an almost naked gypsy in the painting La Gitana, which hung above Valentino's bed. Valentino hosted an exhibition and a reception for the artist at the Ambassador Hotel, attended by the elite of Hollywood including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson.
Born in Cuba, Beltrán Masses studied with the painter Sorolla at l’École des Beaux-Arts de Barcelone and later in Madrid and Paris where he lived many years. The artist won numerous awards in US, Italy, Belgium, India. He died in Barcelona.

clip_image004Blue Hour

clip_image005Allegory of Carmen, 1916

clip_image006Woman in Spanish Shawl, 1925

clip_image007Portrait of Elegant Woman, 1918

clip_image009Self Portrait

clip_image010La Maja Marquessa

clip_image011The Pearls

clip_image012Spanish Beauty

clip_image013Madame Bonnardel, Countess de Montgomery

clip_image014Douglas Fairbanks Jr.






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