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 Alfredo Lobos Aranguiz  (1890 - 1917)

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Lived/Active: Chile/Spain      Known for: expressive landscape painting, mountain scenes

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Alfredo Lobos Aranguiz, painter. Born in Ranchi in 1890. He died in Madrid, Spain on January 15, 1917.

Coming from a family of artist brothers of humble origins, he distinguished himself as a student in the night course taught by the teacher Fernando Alvarez de Sotomayor, integrating in this way, the generation of Thirteen, also called Generation Tragic, because of the unpleasant fate that followed many artists of the era including the three brothers Lobos, painters who died early due to his deteriorating health.

In 1916 he funded a trip to Spain with his own efforts. Victim of a serious illness, he was overtaken by death on the eve of the inauguration of an exhibition of his works in the Gallery The Ateneo de Madrid in 1917.

Visual Strategy
In the beginning, economic scarcity would not let him buy materials for painting, so he turned to cardboard box lids and wooden packaging from cigar sales in San Diego street.

Alfredo Lobos cultivated a realistic descriptive style that stands out with the use of thick impasto, quick drawing and spot colors. The ease and speed allowed him to make three pictures a day.  He created paintings of colonial motifs, old houses, temples and carved gates.  He also did landscapes with Spanish architectural highlights, including houses and Castilian and Andalusian towns.

Second Medal in Painting 1912, Official Salon, Santiago, Chile.
1913 Landscape Contest Prize Edwards, Santiago, Chile.
1914 First Medal, Hall of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile.

1908 Official Salon, Santiago, Chile. Also the years 1909, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917.
1912 First Exhibition of the Fine Arts Center, Santiago, Chile.
1913 Second Exhibition of the Fine Arts Center, Santiago, Chile.
1916, Eyzaguirre House, Santiago, Chile.
1917 Hall Ateneo, Madrid, Spain.
1918 Spring Exhibition of Student Party, Santiago, Chile.
1918 Exhibition and Auction House of Osvaldo Araya, Concepción, Chile.
1929 Chile Pavilion at the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville, Spain.
1930 Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile.
1937 Exhibition of Paintings Artistic Heritage of Chillán. Attorney Lyceum Girls, Chillan, Chile.
1940 Chilean Art Exhibition, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1941 National Exhibition, Parthenon of Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile.
1946 Retrospective Exhibition of the Generation of 13, Santiago, Chile.
1955 Hundred Years of Chilean Painting, Exhibition Hall of the Circle of Journalists, Santiago, Chile.
1969 Panorama of Chilean Painting. Fernando Lobo Parga Collection, National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile.
1973 Painters of the Generation of 13, Instituto Cultural de Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.
Figures from the 1975 Great Chilean Painting, Instituto Cultural de Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.
1975 Chilean Painters, National TV, Santiago, Chile.
1975 Still Life Painting in the Chilean House of Culture, Ministry of Education, Santiago, Chile.
1975 The Chilean Costumbrismo in Painting, Room Chapel, Santiago, Chile.
1976 Century Painting and Middle Chilean Cultural Institute of Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.
1978 Figures from the Great Chilean Painting, Santiago, Chile.
1978 National Exhibition, Palace of the Alhambra, Santiago, Chile.
1979 110 Years of Chilean Painting, Gallery Enrico Bucci, Santiago, Chile.
1979 IV National Conference on Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile.
1979 46 Chilean Painters from Colonial times to our days, Showroom Municipality of Valdivia, Chile.
1978 Masters of Chilean Painting, Alhambra Palace, Santiago, Chile.
1980 58 Artists, Gallery Enrico Bucci, Santiago, Chile.
1982 Touring the Past, Paint Chilean Instituto Cultural de Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.
1984 13 Gallery Square, Santiago, Chile.
1986 Plastic Chilean Collection National Museum of Fine Arts, City of Temuco, Chile.
1987 Generation of 13, Collection Art Gallery of the University of Concepción, Biblioteca Nacional, Santiago, Chile.
1987 Panorama of Chilean Painting, Cultural Institute of Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.
1991 Century Painting and Middle Chilean Cultural Institute of Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.
1992 Alvarez de Sotomayor and the Generation of Thirteen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile.
1993 Thirteen Generation, Cultural Extension Center Pedro Olmos, Talca, Chile.
Since 2002 Rugendas Our Time, Valparaiso Painting, Lord Cochrane Museum of Valparaiso, Chile.


THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, CHILE:  ?In Placeta the Abbot, 1917, oil on canvas, 77 x 94 cm; ?The Generalife, oil on canvas, 54 x 59 cm; ?Source of the Adelphi, 1913, oil on canvas on cardboard, 40 x 50 cm; ?The Patio Red, oil on canvas, 34 x 28 cm; ?Stack, 1917, oil on canvas, 34 x 45 cm

ART GALLERY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CONCEPCION, CHILE: ?Solar Viejo de Alcala de Guadaira, oil on canvas, 65 x 91 cm; ?The Alhambra, oil on canvas, 95 x 78 cm


MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CRAFTS OF LINARES, CHILE: ?Farmers Corner, oil on cardboard, 27 x 37 cm

Urquieta ALVAREZ, LUIS. Painting in Chile: Luis Alvarez Urquieta Collection. Santiago: The Enlightenment Press, 1928.

Urquieta ALVAREZ, LUIS. Brief History of Painting in Chile, some trials and payroll of the pictures from the collection of Luis Alvarez Urquieta. Santiago, 1938.

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTER. Artist's Documentary Archive Alfredo Lobos.

Bindis FULLER, RICHARD. The Chilean Painting: From Gil de Castro to this day. Santiago: Ed Philips, 1984.

Bindis FULLER, RICHARD. Thirteen of the generation of our day. Athena Magazine No. 428. Conception: University of Concepción, 1973.

Bindis, RICARDO. Chilean Painting, Two Hundred Years. Santiago: Origo Ediciones, 2006.

ART HOUSE / UNIVERSITY OF CONCEPTION. Volume II. Chilean Painting. Santiago: Empresa Correos de Chile, 1997.

CLEAR TOCORNAL, REGINA. The Representation of Poverty in the Chilean Art, a First Approximation. Santiago: Chile Annals of the Institute. Vol XXVI, 2007.

COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS. Chilean Art Exhibition. Buenos Aires, 1940.

OÑATE CORTEZ, Ximena. The Color of Concepcion. Conception: Petrox Oil Refinery SA, 1999.

COUSIÑO TALAVERA, LUIS. Catalogue of the Museum of Fine Arts. Santiago: Universe Press, 1922.

GALAZ, Ivelic E GASPAR, Milan. Painting in Chile since the Colony until 1981. Valparaiso: Valparaiso University Editions, Catholic University of Valparaiso 1981.

Gesualdo, VICENTE. Encyclopedia of American Art: Biographies. Buenos Aires: Ed Bibliographic OMEBA, 1968.

Helfant, ANA AND CARVACHO, Victor. Chilean landscape painting. Santiago: Department of Cultural Extension of the Ministry of Education, 1985.

CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF THE COUNTS. Painters of the Generation of 13. Text of Antonio R. Romera. Santiago, 1973.

CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF THE COUNTS. Walking Past the Chilean Painting (Gil de Castro to Gordon). Text Carvacho Victor. Santiago, 1982.

CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF THE COUNTS. Chilean landscape painting from the Precursors to Montparnasse: Retrospective Exhibition based on Chilean History of Painting by Antonio R. Romera. Santiago, 1987.Lihn, Enrique. Enrique Lihn, Texts on Art. Santiago: Universidad Diego Portales, 2008.

MONTECINO M. SERGIO. Painters and Sculptors from Chile. Santiago, 1970.

MONTECINO M., SERGIO. Among Musicians and Painters. Santiago: Editorial Amadeus, 1985.

Biblioteca, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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