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Better known for his poetry, José María Eguren is also one of the most original visual artists of the early twentieth century. He was essentially a self-taught artist, whose formal studies were limited to private drawing and painting lessons he received as a child from the Italian Valentina Pagani de Casorati. Initially, his work was framed by an emerging landscape tradition developed by painters such as Carlos Jiménez or Luis Astete. Euguren would come to represent many views of Lima’s countryside, all executed with amazing attention to detail, a characteristic of his art that gave his works a deep poetic air, and which was described by critic Teófilo Castillo in 1919: “Natura maxime miranda in minimis” (Nature is greatest in little things). (RK)

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  • Title: Lima’s countryside
  • Date Created: ca. 1900 - ca. 1915
  • Physical Dimensions: w410 x h330 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Oil on cardboard
  • Rights: Colección Museo de Arte de Lima. Donación Leonie Roca, Luis Eduardo Wuffarden y donante anónimo
  • painter: José María Eguren
  • Título original: Paisaje de la campiña limeña
  • Técnica: Óleo sobre cartón
  • Texto curatorial: Conocido sobre todo por su obra poética, José María Eguren es uno de los creadores visuales más interesantes de los inicios del siglo XX en el Perú. Se trata de un artista esencialmente autodidacto, cuyos estudios “formales” se redujeron a las clases privadas de dibujo y pintura que recibiera, cuando niño, de la italiana Valentina Pagani de Casorati. En un inicio, su obra se enmarca dentro del paisajismo incipiente desarrollado por pintores como Carlos Jiménez o Luis Astete. Eguren representaría numerosas vistas de la campiña de Lima, las cuales fueron realizadas con una minuciosidad que les otorga un intenso aliento poético. Es decir, aquella “Máxima miranda in minimis” con la que el crítico Teófilo Castillo caracterizó a la pintura del poeta en 1919. (RK)

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