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The historian Roldán Esteva-Grillet explains how the work of the Venezuelan landscape painter Rafael Monasterios changed in 1938 when he returned to his birthplace in the state of Lara. The article briefly discusses the time Monasterios spent in the area, where he worked as a teacher and cultural agent. The author goes on to discuss the artist’s development during that period, mentioning the various styles he explored, and noting that the natural surroundings prompted him to take a different approach to his composition and his expression of the subtle tones of light. Esteva-Grillet also describes how Monasterios influenced the development of the nascent art market in Venezuela.
Roldán Esteva-Grillet (b. 1946), the teacher, critic, and art historian, is the author of an important review of a particular period in the life and work of the Venezuelan painter Rafael Monasterios (1884–1961). The latter was one of the major figures in the landscape painting movement in Venezuela during the early twentieth century, which was known as the Caracas School. Esteva-Grillet provides valuable historical information about the area where this artist was painting and teaching, which helps to understand the cultural development that was under way in provincial Venezuela at the time. The author reviews Monasterios’ changing styles over the course of his career and explains how he focused on portraying scenes from everyday life in the region.
See another article by Roldán Esteva-Grillet about this artist in “Rafael Monasterios. Un pintor de brocha fina” [doc. no. 1162567].