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Rare Large Pug Portrait by  Luis de Ocharán, Circa 1911
Exceptionally Rare Painting by the famous Spanish Philanthropist, Photographer, Artist & Merchant Luis de Ocharán, Circa 1911. Signed & Dated. Large proportions, measuring approx: 39.5″ w x 29.5″ In one of the pictures, we have propped a standard size lighter to give you an idea of scale of this large painting. Great overall condition for its 106 years. There are some scratches and paint flake loss to the top right hand corner, we have left the piece in original condition, this could easily be retouched or left as is by a professional. Large oversize piece, hence increased international shipping charges. 

Luis de Ocharán: merchant with Great Britain, artist and wealthy man of his time.

Luis de Ocharán Mazas was born in Bilbao, in the north of Spain near Cantabria, in 1858. Iron exporter to Great Britain and possessor of a great personal wealth, he lived most of the time in Castro Urdiales, a village near Bilbao but under the administration of Cantabria, where he had a luxurious mansion. Due to his fortunate position he became the protector to some artists and was able to practice freely all his hobbies which were numerous: painting, music, cars, astronomy, writing novels, one of which “Marichu” published in 1916 was considered “an accurate and picturesque image of Castro Urdiales society but Luis de Ocharán had also great interest in photography, and like him a new generation of others coming from upper classes of Spanish society were appearing from the beginning of the century. Ocharán shared glory and prestige together with photographers like Antonio Canovas “Kaulak” nephew of the politician responsible for the return of the crown of the Borbons. The politician, it is said, did not allow the family name to be used as an artistic name in such a bohemian activity.


These enthusiasts with means and money were establishing new tendencies in the practice ofphotography, theyhad resourceswhich professionalphotographers did not dispose of. They saw themselves as the vanguards of creativity, and understood that they were the ones who should find new aesthetic proposals in photography. It was not a new posture; given that in Europe this proposition had been debated and accepted as such hardly two decades before. According to this idea, the enthusiasts were the forerunners in art who found visual solutions which were later use by the professionals.
In 1900, Ocharán, together with an active group of enthusiastsfrom de upper classes, founded from of Círculo de Bellas Artes the Sociedad Fotográfica in Madrid which later, in 1907, King Alfonso XIII named the Real Sociedad. Fotográfica (Royal Photographic Society) which still exists today.
From 1901 the Sociedad Fotográfica of Madrid had its own publication dedicated to debating and presenting technical and artistic subjects. Lead by “Kaulak” in this first period “La Fotografía” was the place where Ocharán would start to presents his photographic work on “The Quixote” and to publish his ideas on the function of photography as art. Later, Luis de Ocharán, who signed his work as “An amateur of Castro Urdiales” would also publish in a new magazine “Graphos Ilustrado” which appeared in 1906 and whose editorial committe were involved from the beginning

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