The present work demonstrates the close relationship that existed between painting and photography in the 19th century in Spain, and traces the importance that the latter had in the creative process of many of the paintings we know today.
Obviously, photography and painting are two very different techniques. In photography, behind the lens there is an individual who handles it, the camera’s eye is fixed, aseptic and sometimes implacable, while the painter is more subjective, more sentimental, more dependent on mood swings and tendencies, because the painting has a creative and interpretative character that we do not always find in these first photographs. Proof of this is the case of Dionisio Fierros, who sometimes uses photography as a basis, but from it he creates and interprets and his works transcend it, surpass it, and his paintings vibrate full of life, color and feeling.
Two different techniques, two different ways to understand the reality of the nineteenth century and ultimately, the same intention that underlies painters and photographers: to be faithful witnesses of today.
A journey through 19th century painting and photography, and especially through the work of Dionisio Fierros, which opens new avenues for a more complete study of Noucentista art.
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