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Eduardo Naranjo

Eduardo Naranjo

1944 - Born, August 25th in Monesterio (Badajoz), in a family of farmers.
1950 - 57 - Studies at the Escuelas Graduadas for children in Monesterio. His vocation for drawing and sculpture awakes at that time and soon shifts towards painting.
1957-60- Early in 1957, he finds the person who will become his first teacher, Eduardo Acosta. In October the same year, he enters the School of Arts and Trades, where he passes four terms with the highest marks and is awarded the first prize. The town hall of Monesterio awards him a subsidy of 5000 PTAs. The following term, in the central headquarters, he gets the award for drawing "de los Antiguos". He studies at Artes y Oficios until 1960. This same year, he enters the School of fine arts Santa Isabel de Hungría. After obtaining the most important prizes in competitions in Seville and Badajoz, and being awarded a scholarship (Bartolomé Esteban Murillo) by the Deputación Sevillana in 1959, he takes part the in the Spring Exhibition with the work "Still Life with Dissected Dove". The Delegation of Badajoz grants him a scholarship to study painting.
1960 - 61- Studies the Preparatory Course in Santa Isabel de Hungría, and obtains the award for the best marks. As a student of the Delegation of Seville, he travels through Extramadura, painting landscapes which will latter appear in his first solo exhibition at the Ateneo Sevillano.
1961-65 - Moves to Madrid to the school of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 1961. During that first year, he receives the prize of "Portraits" and "Drawing" from the Real Academia. In 1965, he finishes his painting studies and participates in the show "Landscapes" of Alicante, (Muestra al aire libre en la Plaza Mayor).
1965-66 Studies "Wall Painting" with Manuel Villaseñor, and "Calcographic Engraving" with Luis Alegre, He begins his expressionist stage and, at the same time, attends the classes at Círculo de Bellas Artes.
1966-67- Receives a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and Sciences to study professorship and becomes assistant to the painters Pedro Mozos and to Germán Calvo in the classes of "Color and Composition" and " Pictorial Procedures" respectively. For the first time, he takes part in the national exhibition with his work "En la Noche" and two drawings.
1968 - He takes part in the National Exhibition with his works: " Seismic Movement" and "The Sanfermines" and other works. He obtains the third prize with the engraving "Sad Homage". His second solo exhibition is carried out in the Club Pueblo, this time with the expressionist or neo-figurative work of the latest years. José María Moreno Galván writes the catalogue
1969 - Goes to Paris (France) to study in the scholarship Castellblanch and meets the impressionists and the avant-garde of the latest decades, but he is inspired by Picasso's cubism and neoclassicism in creating his last expressionist stage and subjective geometric abstraction. He participates in the National Contests of Madrid with some of these works.
1970 - 71 Starts his realistic stage which he will continue to work. He participates in the show "Spanish Landscape in South America" sponsored by the Spanish institute of Ibero-American Culture.
1972 - Carries out his first realistic show at Loring Gallery of Madrid. Ramón Faraldo introduces it as a personal letter. He participates in the "Premio Blanco y Negro" G. Luca de Tena buys his work. more

Francine de Van Hove

Francine de Van Hove

"The remote world portrayed by Van Hove is peopled by nude young women. The lighting which exposes them is of a precise quality which makes their reality veer slightly, almost imperceptibly, away from everyday reality.

Her figures strike up very natural poses which make us feel the existence of a precarious yet exquisite dividing-line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Her figures (she paints from ''live" models) define certain canons of beauty. This aptitude is characteristic of an innate sense of stylisation which has always been felt as necessary by painters who tend to paint timeless subjects.

Van Hove's art possesses the essential quality of suggesting without proselytising. It abolishes the distance between emotions and their perception. The subtlest feelings, the most tenuous allusions she has set down come across to us in a startlingly precise fashion. And the vibration in that transmission is pure pleasure."

Based in Paris, Van Hove uses models to create intimate portraits of women. Her subjects are frequently depicted in meditative states such as 'Stretched Arm' and 'The Odalisk'.

"My main theme is, without a doubt, that intimacy and peace which women know when they are alone, when they enjoy such simple pleasures as reading during breakfast, or losing themselves staring into the eyes of a cat, or just sleeping."


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