DANIEL HERNANDEZ MORILLO (1856 – 1932)
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325mm x 480mm
480mm x 645mm
Mes Columbes depicts a woman sitting on a bench holding a basket of seeds that a pair of birds are eating from. Mes Columbes means 'My doves' In plate, under image: lower left, painted by "Daniel Hernandez PINX", lower right, engraved by "CH Giroux SC" Heavy paper has ARCHES, France watermarked on margin.
Daniel Hernandez Morillo (1856 - 1932) was brought to Lima at the age of four and began his artistic education at fourteen, in the studios of Italian-born Leonardo Barbieri (1818-1896), who had worked as a portrait painter and in California during the Gold Rush. His mother was Peruvian and his father was from Spain.
Later, when Barbieri had left Lima, Hernández took over his art classes. In 1872, he painted a version of the "Death of Socrates" that won him recognition from the government of President Manuel Pardo, and a grant that enabled him to study in Europe. He left Peru in 1874.
After his arrival in Paris, he met his fellow Peruvian, Ignacio Merino, who advised him to study in Rome instead. He did so, and remained there for nine years, working with Marià Fortuny, among others. In 1883, he returned to Paris and was elected President of the "Sociedad de Pintores Españoles", composed of the Spanish-speaking artists who lived there. He was also a member of the "Société des Artistes Français" and exhibited regularly at the Salon.
In 1912, he travelled to Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Rome to exhibit, returning to Paris in 1918. Not long after, his younger brother Inocencio obtained an important leadership position in the Dominican Order and, possibly through his influence, President José Pardo called upon Hernández to participate in the creation of a new art school. The "Escuela National de Bellas Artes de Lima" opened in 1919, with Hernández as its first Director. He retained that position until his death in 1932. A district encompassing the city of Pampas, near his birthplace, has been named after him.
In Paris he is associated with Fortuny, Padilla, Villegas and others who practiced a loose paint. A great admirer of female Beauty this style appealed to Morillo and influenced him to paint charming woman in the rococo style.