Por Tierras de Extremadura (Signed copy)
Signed by Gregorio Prieto
First edition. Large paperback in wraps. 28.5 × 22.5cm, 87pp. Spanish text.
Signed and dedicated by Gregorio Prieto in Madrid in 1955.
This is Spanish artist Gregorio Prieto's travels round Extremadura in central western Spain, illustrated with 3 coloured plates, and 40 pen and ink sketches reproduced in black and white.
Prieto was born in Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real) in 1897. He trained at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts. In 1925 he obtained a scholarship to continue his studies in France and Belgium, where he came into contact with the artistic movements of the time. In 1928 he was awarded a grant to study in Rome; during this period he worked with Eduardo Chicharro and met artists such as De Chirico and Alberto Moravia. He returned to Spain in 1931, where he became associated with the members of the Generation of 1927, and particularly with Lorca and Alberti. He took part in international exhibitions and his reputation spread. In 1939 he moved to London where he struck up friendship with Luis Cernuda. In 1945 he took part in the launch of Postism. In 1947 he returned to Spain, where he was the subject of an exhibition by the Museum of Modern Art. From that point on he embarked on an artistic period marked by colour and collage, and the landscapes of La Mancha. He died in Valdepeñas in 1992.
The book itself is in very good condition, the dustwrapper has some bumping and small tears to the edges but is otherwise good.