Lahuerta, Genaro

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Genaro Lahuerta

Valencia, 1905

Valencia, 1985


After completing his studies at the San Carlos School of Fine Arts in 1928, Genaro Lahuerta was given the chance to present his work at the First Valencian Exhibition of Young Art. In 1929, he began a series of joint exhibitions with Pedro de Valencia, in which he stood out for a style that was close to avantgarde art, in which the characteristic forms of Cubism were combined with a timid expressionism, as you can see in the work La Suite Española. Influenced by the Italian Quattrocento, he painted popular themes that required rapid workmanship and sparse coloring. 

After the Spanish Civil War, Lahuerta underwent a qualitative change, abandoning extreme artistic positions to become a prototype of the kind of artist promoted by the Franco regime. Later, his work shifted towards a style close to Sorolla, featuring paste-like brushstrokes and varied themes. 

From 1949, he combined his work as a painter with teaching in Valencia. In 1953 he won a scholarship to paint in the Spanish Sahara region. A consequence of this trip is the saturation of his chromatic tones, a feature that would remain in his work until the end of his days. This fascination for color brought him closer to positions associated with Fauvism, particularly in his treatment of the human figure and after the 1960s. But this was also the time when Lahuerta revisited his Cubist and Fauve beginnings in the landscapes of accentuated colors that began to capitalize his canvases. He also painted popular scenes imbued with tremendous intimacy which, in the manner of a Nabi, ended up becoming his pictorial testament. 

Iván López Munuera