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Juan Andreu Sentamans Theodore was a Spanish impressionist and luminist painter and graphic artist. He was a follower of Joaquín Sorolla, who influenced him in the use of light.
Teodoro Andreu was the son of José Andreu García and his second wife, Ascension Sentamans Salazar. He had three brothers and a sister. When Andreu was one years old, his father drowned by an overflow of River Júcar. In 1875 with his mother and sister, he moved to Madrid .
In 1884 he began studying drawing and painting, first at the school of Fostering Arts and then at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. His first known drawing was Head of Ecce Homo. In 1889 he entered the studio of Joaquín Sorolla as first disciple. In order to escape military service as it was the son of a widow's right to do in Cuba, he sold fruit and flower notes.
In 1902, he moved to Bilbao, where he opened a studio, and he also traveled to London and Paris. In 1904 he passed exams to become a professor at the College of Arts and Crafts and Fine Arts of Cadiz, and had among his disciples Bengoa, Medinaveitia, Carlos del Rio and Jose
Antonio Rodriguez de Lecea Arechabala. At this time he traveled to
United Kingdom and France where he encountered the Bohemian atmosphere of Montmartre
in Paris. Later he settled in Barcelona, and in 1909, the year his mother died, he returned to Valencia. He married Josephine Settier Banús, and had four children.
From his time as a professor of Cadiz School of Arts and Crafts and Fine
Arts he painted in Alcira and exhibited in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts held in Madrid,
earning the third medal. During these years he improvised exhibitions in
commercial establishments in San Vicente Street, of Valencia, with
great success. In 1908, he won the
silver medal at the Exhibition of French Hispano Zaragoza, with the
painting The Viudeta.
in the Valencian Regional Exhibition 1909, organized by the Ateneo
Mercantil, and won the gold medal. In October of that year he returned
to his homeland with posts in the School of Arts and Crafts in Valencia.
The following year he participated in the National Exhibition held in
this city and also presented The Viudeta, Lime Kiln, the portrait of D.
Froilan Torija and Mary Sanchis Banús. In Argentina participated in the
International Painting Exhibition held in Buenos Aires .
In 1914 he was appointed Professor of Composition and Decorative Painting at the School of Arts and Crafts in Santiago de Compostela, retiring in 1920. He returned to Valencia, where he was appointed director of the School of Arts and Crafts in 1925. During the twenties, he participated in various exhibitions in Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona and was appointed member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia .
In 1932, for health reasons, he ceased as director of the School of Arts and Crafts in Valencia, and celebrated his last exhibition in 1933 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. His last works were still life and a self-portrait.
The painter Andreu died at his home in Valencia on March 18 of 1935 at
the age of 64. At the time of his death in 1935, 350 canvases were left in his studio completely finished, plus notes, sketches, tables, boxes, etc.. In the years following his death several posthumous exhibitions were held in Valencia , Salamanca , Murcia and Alcira .
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