Signed and inscribed lower left: Barbudo, Roma
Salvador Sanchez Barbudo was among the foremost painters of the colony of Spanish artists who settled in Rome. Born in Andalusia, Barbudo moved to Rome in 1882, where he frequented the studio of José Villegas. Villegas was a fellow Andalusian who had worked in the circles of Federico de Madrazo and Mariano Fortuny, and at Rome he considered Barbudo to be his best disciple. In addition to working in Rome, Barbudo also spent a great deal of time in Venice with his friend Rafael Senet, painting landscape and genre subjects. Barbudo?s work was positively received by the Italian critics: in 1888 one critic called him, ?one of the finest interpreters of picturesque Italy.?1 He exhibited works in Rome, Venice, Munich and Paris, and won a medal at the Paris Salon of 1895.
1 Carlos González and Montse Martí, Spanish Painters in Rome, 1850-1900, (Sammer, Madrid, 1988): p. 203.