Atelier · March 16, 2007

Friday in the atelier: “A Basket of Roses” by Cristobal de Antonio

Today I give you all a mystery – Cristóbal de Antonio, a painter from Spain, who was born in 1870.

The painting I’m showing you is called, “A Basket of Roses.” As always, it is a cropped detail, click on the link for the full painting.

I say that de Antonio is a mystery because I’ve found very little about him on the Internet. I don’t even know when he died!

What I do know is that there seems to be a lot of Cristóbal de Antonio original artwork for sale, at prices that amateur collectors can afford. I found an unframed oil on canvas landscape by de Antonio for sale on Ebay for less than $150. Perhaps it is a scam, but I’m not so sure – I’ve also found reputable galleries selling de Antonio sketches for under $2,000.

What is his story? I really want to know. If you know more about Cristóbal de Antonio, please email me, or leave it in the comments.

This painting attracts me because of the second girl’s eyes. Can you see the playful challenge in them?