Llorens and Sotomayor: painters in the English Way
The starting points of the English Way served as the birthplace of the great geniuses of national painting.
The city of A Coruña saw the birth of the portrait and landscape painter Francisco Llorens (1874-1948). In his formative years, he traveled through Belgium and Germany to soak European trends that arose there and improved his painting style. His work is mainly based on the creation of portraits, still lifes and landscapes. In the last field it is highlighted the large number of Galician countryside, as meadows, estuaries, forests, streets and monuments in cities and gardens. The pilgrims departing from A Coruña can find his work in places such as the City of A Coruña, the Provincial Council and the Museum of Fine Arts in the same city.
At the starting point of another English way, Ferrol, Fernando Alvarez de Sotomayor was born (1875 – 1960). This famous Galician painter was director of the School of Fine Arts in Santiago de Chile, member of the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid and even became twice director of the Prado Museum in Madrid. In his youth he met Flemish painting and the French Impressionist painters, which caused a great influence on his work. His realistic style was characterized by the use of impasto brushstrokes and a bright, vibrant, pure color gamut. His main influences are the tradition of the Renaissance and especially the Baroque, with Velázquez as a reference. His more elaborated themes were those relating to the field, the manners and Galician and Spanish folklore. He also cultivated historical and mythological subjects, and to a lesser extent, he was a specialist in landscapes. He mastered the art of portraiture so he settled for many politicians of Spain at the time.
Some works are preserved on property in the Council of Ferrol and the Museum of Fine Arts in A Coruña.