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A Spanish painter and art professor, Emilio Sala Y Frances moved to
Valencia as a youth where he studied painting with his cousin, Plácido
Francés at the San Carlos Academy. Then settling in Madrid, he
became very interested in the painting of Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)
and Eduardo Rosales (1836-1873).
Become in exhibitor in 1871 at the National Arts Exhibitions, he won
first-place medals in 1878 and 1881. He had begun his career as a
history painter, but in 1890 began to change to the emotional
expression of mannerism, influenced by El Greco (1541-1614), and to
landscapes, illustrations, and fashionable portraiture. He also
did architectural decoration on Madrid palaces and ceilings of the
Cantina Americana and Café de Fornos.
By 1889, he had moved to Paris to serve on the board of San Fernando
Academy. In the Universal exhibition in Paris of 1889, he won a
second medal. Two years later he received the Gold Medal from the
Berlin Exhibition, and in 1899, he was awarded the Gran Cruz de la
Orden de Isabel la Catolica in the 1899 Universal Exhibition. In
1885, he had received the Saint Michael's Cross Award in Munich.
Emilio Sala Y Frances died on April 14, 1910, while working on murals
for the Casino de Madrid at the San Fernando Art School, where from
1906 he had occuied the Chair of Theory and Aesthetics of Color.
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