'A Moment's Pause' oil painting on canvas by Falero
Luis Ricardo Falero (Spanish, 1841-1896)
Luis Falero’s ‘A Moment’s Pause’ depicts a woman who sits with her hands clasped just behind her face, lost in thought. This piece gives off a soft, warm atmosphere. Comfort can be found within the cohesiveness in this work; the reds, pinks, and golden-browns all come together beautifully - her satin dress is accompanied by a scarlet belt that runs across her midsection, her auburn hair is topped with a pink headwrap. The quiet beauty of her expression encapsulates the title of the piece perfectly, a moment's pause. Surrounding the painting is a lovely baroque-style frame, the ornate molding and deep gold color of which augment the viewing experience. A genuinely wonderful piece that will be the center of attention wherever displayed.
Signed upper left: Falero
Luis Ricardo Falero was born in Granada, Spain in 1841. He originally pursued a career in the Spanish Navy, but gave it up to his parent's bitter disappointment. He then walked to Paris where he studied art, chemistry, and mechanical engineering. After sometime, Falero moved to London where he eventually settled. Falero specialized in female nudes and mythological and fantasy settings.
Falero had a particular interest in astronomy and incorporated celestial constellations into many of his works, such as "The Marriage of a Comet" and "Twin Stars". His interest and knowledge of astronomy also led him to illustrate the works of Camille Flammarion.
Falero died at university College Hospital, London, at the age of 45.