Ángel Díaz Domínguez [1879-1952]
The costume party, ca.1910
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Signed at lower right : ‘A Diaz Dominguez’.
Period gold gilded frame.
Ángel Díaz Domínguez was born in 1879 in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain and died in 1952 in Madrid, Spain.Painter, graphic illustrator and poster designer. From a very young age he lived in Zaragoza, starting there his artistic training, which he would later complete at the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Until 1932 he worked in Zaragoza and then moved to Madrid. He participated in the National Exhibitions of Fine Arts and in various collective exhibitions of Zaragoza during the post-war period. His pictorial style is eminently modernist and with notable Zuloaguesque compositional influences, standing out above all for its broad decorative sense, both in the color and in the quality of the drawing .The ‘Capricho’ that the painter Ángel Díaz Domínguez presented in the exhibition of homage to Ignacio Zuloaga, where the echo of Goya, Romero de Torres and Zuloaga is seen.Diaz Dominguez. During the first third of the twentieth century he developed a fruitful and varied creative activity, ranging from his contribution as a graphic illustrator in HERALDO DE ARAGÓN to the design of posters. At the same time, his painting evolves from a tempered modernism to a costumbrismo with Goyesque roots.
The Riojan carries the river in his veins, flooding the publications of the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation with color. His most popular canvases decorate the halls of the Industrial and Agricultural Mercantile Center (current headquarters of the Caja Rural Foundation); emblematic place to which the artist returns, in the twilight of life, to exhibit for the last time his paintings… in the heat of the friends of the Peña Niké.In 1915 Ángel Díaz Domínguez completed the decorative paintings destined for the Red Room of the Mercantile Center. Five allegories of Zaragoza that receive the approval of the local critics and with the enthusiastic support of Ignacio Zuloaga.On May 13, 1916, the exhibition ‘Zuloaga and the Aragonese artists’ was inaugurated in the Museum of Zaragoza in tribute to Goya. The exhibition reaches a considerable number of visits (approximately 14,000) thanks to the dazzling halo of Ignacio Zuloaga who, after international recognition, decides to show for the first time in Spain a selection of his works, 25 oils, along with those of the Zaragoza artists “… those he encourages and stimulates to merge what he calls the pictorial school of Fuendetodos”, writes José Valenzuela la Rosa in HERALDO.
Among the participating Aragonese, was Ángel Díaz Domínguez (Logroño, 1879-Madrid, 1952), whom he describes as a revelation for his canvases ‘Goya ante el Cabildo del Pilar’ and ‘Capricho’.Once the exhibition is closed, the first of Díaz Domínguez’s works becomes part of Zuloaga’s collection; while ‘Capricho’ is acquired by José Valenzuela la Rosa
For more than a decade, Ángel Díaz Domínguez stands as the fashionable painter of the city, monopolizing numerous commissions as a portraitist, illustrator and decorator.
After 100 years of the Goyesque event, even today a good part of Díaz Domínguez’s work remains hidden, in private homes or in public collections that never exhibited his work.
2015 ( David Smernoff, New Haven, CT & New York, NY ) ;
before 2015 Private collection of [withheld], Buenos Aires, Argentina ;
ca.1920 Angel Diaz Dominguez [1879-1952], the artist .