The late Claudio Bravo left his native Chile in 1961 to move to Madrid where he honed his realist style by studying the Old Masters in the Prado Museum. In order to pay the rent, Bravo drew and painted society portraits until he had his break out exhibition of wrapped package paintings in Madrid. His exploration of folded paper in the wrapped package paintings and draped fabrics set Bravo apart from other realists: he was able to make these classical subjects modern, as he described them, they were his answer to the abstract impressionist movement, his answer to Rothko.
While in Spain, Bravo discovered the seaside resort town of Marbella on the southern coast. From there he moved on to Tangier in Morocco in 1972. From then on, Morocco was to become his home and inspiration. The present painting with the pottery from Marrakech, is very typical of his Moroccan still lives – these green pots appear in several of his still lives.
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