Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, by Philip de Laszlo. 🎨 A youth6/20/2021, 9:02:09 PM
Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, by Philip de Laszlo. 🎨 A youth portrait of the son of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and his wife Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. The future seemed bright for the young prince, but soon it came to light he has haemophilia, so he was always protected with a specially-tailored jacket to prevent injury. Alfonso’s father faced increasing political turmoil that led Spain to become a Republic in 1931, and the royal family moved to exile. At this time, Alfonso was 23 and still successor to the throne, renouncing two years later to his rights in order to marry. Two divorces followed and an exile to the United States, regretful of having forsaken his place in the succession line. He died in a car crash at 31. Few activities such as the royal hunt persist since the inception of royalty in the late 4th millennium BCE, as a way to demonstrate power, control over nature, political virtues such as patience, and back then availability of resources. 👨🎨 Philip de László (Hungarian, 1869-1937) was an outstanding portraitist of royalty and aristocracy. Born to a humble background, he soon received artistic training in London as a result of his innate talent, and harvested early success in the Paris International Exhibition in 1900, and soon moved to Vienna. He would settle in London few years after that, and forsake his Catholic faith after his marriage to a well-to-do British heiress form the banking Guinness family. Despite his British citizenship, he was accused of making contact with the enemy during the First World War, but was exonerated. This event almost costed him his life, but they were actually letters to Austrian relatives. He was so successful he suffered heart problems due to overwork. His portraits are outstanding in expressive quality and texture expertise, providing a soft look to the sitter without sacrificing realism nor individuality. One of my all-time favourites. 📐Oil on canvas, 1927.