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Federico Beltrán-Masses (Federico Beltrán-Masses)

Federico Beltrán-Masses

Spanish painter. He was born in 1885 in Guaira de la Melena, Cuba, where his father was a Spanish military envoy to Cuba.  After the war between the United States and Cuba ended in 1899, the family returned to Spain.  Beltran-Masses studied with the painter Sorolla at l’École des Beaux-Arts de Barcelone. In 1905 he traveled to Madrid to study the esteemed collection of Spanish and European art at the Prado. In 1916 he traveled to Paris to receive an honor from the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, In the following years he made his home in Paris. Beltran-Masses received awards in the United States, Belgium, Italy, and India. In 1919 he took over the Exposition hispano-français des Beaux-Arts. In 1920 he exhibited an exotic nude titled “Salome” at the Venice Biennale, this painting is now in the Museo Casa Lis in Salamanca, Spain. In 1924 he received the great honor of Cordon d’Isabelle la Catholique. Beltran-Masses exhibited at the Wildenstein Galleries in New York and Palm Beach, Florida in 1925. In the August 1925 issue of International Studio Magazine Marguerite Tjader wrote an extensive article about the artist.  The Musée des Offices de Florence bought several of his self-portraits. In 1928 he was named by the French commissioner general of l’Exposition International des Beaux-Arts to commemorate the centenary of Francisco de Goya. Beltran-Masses was a member of l’Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Madrid; Beltran-Masse received the Chevalier de la Légion de Honneur. He was named Knight of the order of Malte.   Beltran-Masses exhibited at the Royal Watercolor Society in London in 1934 and at the Burlington Galleries in 1938.  Beltran-Masses began his career painting landscape and figurative compositions. Later in his career he only painted portraits. He is best know for his portraits of famous figures including the Duchesse de la Trémoille, and the Princess of Denmark. . He was a good friend with Rudolf Valentino; he painted two large portraits of Valentino that hung in his Hollywood home. Valentino had another painting by Beltram-Masses of a famous Spanish dancer that hung over his bed. These works were sold at auction in Los Angeles shortly after his death. He also painted a large portrait of Douglas Fairbanks.  The artist developed a unique style; evident in his work is the influence of the Spanish masters but with a decidedly modern flavor. He painted many large canvases often with bizarre and beautiful women; his work can easily be identified by his use of shades of deep blue. Nighttime gives his subjects an eerie contrast with star-studded skies, his favorite tone became known as “Beltran Blue.”   Beltran-Masses died in 1949 in Barcelona, Spain. He is considered a Spanish painter. His painting are held my several museums including the Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris. (bio by: Marina)


  • January, 01, 1970


  • October, 10, 1949


  • Sudoeste
  • Cataluna
  • Spain

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