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Although painter Carlos Baca-Flor was born in Peru, he spent his formative years in Chile, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Santiago between 1882 and 1886. Even by this early date, the painter already demonstrated the remarkable technical skills that would accompany him for the rest of his life. An example of his talent, this work corresponds to a subject that formed one of the cornerstones of academic learning: the study of the naked human body, painted here in a difficult foreshortening. Both the concept and the making of the canvas are evidence of the brilliance with which Baca-Flor assimilated the teachings of the Italian Giovanni Mochi and the Chilean Cosme San Martín, his teachers at the Academy in Santiago. For his talent and dedication, the painter would win the “Prix de Rome”, granted by that institution, which consisted in a five-year scholarship to complete his studies in Europe. The grant was only awarded to Chilean citizens and rather than changing his nationality, Baca-Flor preferred to forfeit the prize. In recognition of the sacrifice the act implied, the Peruvian government offered to grant him an equivalent scholarship, which would come into effect in 1890.

Details

  • Title: Reclining nude
  • Date Created: 1886
  • Physical Dimensions: w1160 x h615 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Colección Museo de Arte de Lima. Programa de Adquisiciones 1959. Restaurado con el patrocinio de Julio Lugón Badaracco
  • painter: Carlos Baca-Flor
  • Título original: Joven acostado
  • Técnica: Óleo sobre tela
  • Texto curatorial: Aunque el pintor Carlos Baca-Flor nació en el Perú, pasó sus años formativos en Chile, donde estudió en la Academia de Bellas Artes de Santiago entre 1882 y 1886. Ya desde aquel momento, el pintor manifestó una precoz destreza técnica que lo acompañaría durante el resto de su carrera. Esta obra es una clara muestra de lo anterior. Su tema responde a uno de los ejes centrales del aprendizaje académico: el estudio del cuerpo humano desnudo, que es aquí abordado en un difícil escorzo. Tanto la concepción como la factura del lienzo evidencian la brillantez con que Baca-Flor asimiló las enseñanzas del italiano Giovanni Mochi y el chileno Cosme San Martín, sus maestros en la Academia de Santiago. Por su talento y dedicación, el pintor llegaría a ganar el “Premio de Roma” otorgado por aquella institución, que consistía en una pensión de cinco años para completar sus estudios en Europa. La beca solo era otorgada a ciudadanos chilenos y, antes que cambiar su nacionalidad, Baca-Flor prefirió renunciar al premio. En reconocimiento al sacrificio que aquel acto implicaba, el gobierno peruano ofreció otorgarle una pensión equivalente, que solo se haría efectivo en 1890.

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