José María Velasco

1840-1912 Mexico/Impressionism/Landscapes

 

Brief Biography-José María Velasco, or to be precise, José María Tranquilino Francisco de Jesús Velasco Gómez Obregón, was born in Temascalcingo village, Mexico, in 1840. When he was nine years old, the family went to Mexico City where his father died of cholera within three months. José worked at a clothing store and studied at the Lancasteriano School of Santa Catarina Martir, there he developed an interest in art.

In 1855, his mature painting studies, along with academic studies, began at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos, he later became a professor. Some of his mentors were Juan Urruchi, Filipe Sojo and Miguel Mata. His master, Eugenio Landesio, from Italy, encouraged him in his desire to paint natural landscape scenes.

He is regarded as the first major landscape artist in Mexico. His Valley of Mexico series, is notably the most famous of all Mexican landscapes, painted in the European style. He received many international awards and exhibited in Paris, Philadelphia and Chicago. He retired, but still worked, in Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo, which is now a district of Mexico City.

 

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atlantic ocean

atlantic ocean

bath House of the
pescaditos

bath of the pescaditos

bay
of havana

bay of havana


cactus

cactus

cliffs of the hill
of atzacoalco

cliffs of the hill of atzacoalco


flora and fauna

flora and fauna

former convent of
san agustin

former convent of san agustin

great comet
of 1882

great comet of 1882[


industrialisation

industrialisation

mountainside of
tepotzotlan

mountainside of tepotzotlan


oaxaca cathedra

oaxaca cathedra


pacho forest

pacho forest


pyramid of the sun

pyramid of the sun


ravine of the dead

ravine of the dead

rincon grande
waterfall

rincon grande waterfall[


road to chalco

road to chalco


self portrait

self portrait


stream of tlaxcala

stream of tlaxcala


tepeyac pyru trees

tepeyac pyru trees


the calvary

the calvary

the popocatepetl and
the iztaccihuatl

the popocatepetl and the iztaccihuatl

the sculptor felipe
sojo

the sculptor felipe sojo

the
valley of mexico

the valley of mexico


valley fields

valley fields

view
of the valley

view of the valley