Luis Quintanilla was a Spanish artist (1893-1978) and a contemporary of Juan Gris. He got caught up in the politics of the time and served eight months in prison starting in October of 1934. Many of his artist, writer, and other intellectual friends had supported him during this time, some of whom he had met in Paris in the 1920s. Quintanilla was exiled from Spain after the Spanish Civil War for many years, living first in New York and then Paris. He finally returned to Madrid a year after Franco died and lived there for 2 years before he died.
 –young Quintanilla
–middle-aged Quintanilla

–the elderly Quintanilla

Here are some etchings that Quintanilla’s son presents on his website created in honor of his father the artist. These etchings were some of the ones that Hemingway and Dos Passos favored and promoted by writing a catalogue for them to be shown in New York.
Let me just say that Paul Quintanilla’s website in homage to his father is extensive. I can spend lots of time looking around and reading about his life learning about him and the Spanish Civil War. Click on the link below to explore:
From researching for this post, I found that Paul Quintanilla has recently published a book (February 2014) on his father’s life and art. The book can be purchased through all of the usual sites. Below is the cover for Waiting at the Shore, Art, Revolution, War, and Exile in the Life of the Spanish Artist Luis Quintanilla.

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  2 comments for “Quintanilla

  1. April 19, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Like you, Denise, I can spend hours looking at information, researching, and reading about this interesting person, and so many others like him. Interesting to know the son published a book on Quintanilla’s life and art. Thank you for this piece of info.

  2. April 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    He is someone I had heard about, Silvia, but did not know much about. I love his murals. So colorful, yet usually of sad subjects. Just another artist who’s work I have to pay attention to when I go back to Spain. Happy Easter, Silvia 🙂

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