Bravo, Claudio

(Claudio Nelson Bravo Camus), 1936–2011, Chilean painter. Though he studied art in Santiago, he was largely self-taught. Bravo became a successful society portraitist in Chile and in Spain, where he settled in the 1960s; he moved to Morocco in 1972. He is famous for his lushly colored hyperrealist paintings, which show the influence of such Spanish masters as VelázquezVelázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
, 1599–1660, b. Seville. He was the most celebrated painter of the Spanish school. Early Life and Work
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 and ZurbaránZurbarán, Francisco de
, 1598–1664, Spanish baroque painter, active mainly at Llerena, Madrid, and Seville. One of the finest painters of 17th-century Spain, surpassed only by the great Velázquez, Zurbarán worked mostly for ecclesiastical patrons.
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. From the 1960s on, he painted the detailed studies of crumpled, folded, and torn colored papers and paper-wrapped, rope-tied packages for which he is probably best known; he also painted still lifes, figure studies, and landscapes.


See P. Bowles, Claudio Bravo: Paintings and Drawings (2005).

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