La Gándara, Antonio de
|Birthname||Antoine Henri Pierre de La Gandara|
|born on||16 December 1861 at 11:00 (= 11:00 AM )|
|Place||Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20|
|Timezone||LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||24°32' 14°43 Asc. 20°01'|
French painter, pastellist and draughtsman.
His father was of Spanish ancestry, born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and his mother was from England. La Gándara's talent was strongly influenced by both cultures. At only 15 years of age, La Gándara was admitted as a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme and Cabanel at the École des Beaux-Arts. Soon, he was recognized by the jury of the 1883 Salon des Champs-Élysées, who singled out the first work he ever exhibited: a portrait of Saint Sebastian.
Less than ten years later, young La Gándara had become one of the favourite artists of the Paris elite. His models included Sarah Bernhardt and Romaine Brooks. The first exhibition of La Gándara's work organised in New York by Durand-Ruel in 1898 was a major success and confirmed the painter as one of the masters of his time. Gandara participated in the most important exhibitions in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Dresden, Barcelona and Saragossa.
He died on 30 June 1917.
Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate n° 2383 in the online Paris archives (9e arr., p. 18/31).
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter, pastellist and draughtsman)