SERRA Y PORSON José
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Oil on panel: 25 x 18 cm / 9.8 x 7.1 in
Signed and dated '1868' lower right
Painter of genre scenes, portraits, interiors, still lifes and flowers; watercolourist, draughtsman and painter of gouaches.
José Serra y Porson first studied in Rome, before entering the Madrid School of Fine Arts. He then settled in Paris in 1855 and was a pupil of Bouguereau, but his true master was Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier. He exhibited regularly at National Exhibitions in Madrid where he was awarded a third class medal in 1864. He also exhibited in Barcelona.
Serra y Porchon is best known for his small paintings, working in a romantic style, akin to the Catalan School of painting of the 19th century.
Rome 1828 - Barcelona 1910
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 12, p. 1025.