Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
'Sunset near Santiago, looking East' is a superb painting of Santiago and the Cordillera by one of Chile's leading artists of the 19th century, Alfredo Helsby.

Helsby was born in Valparaiso in 1862, the son of English immigrants. At the Mackay School in Valparaiso, Helsby's art teacher was the renowned marine and Chilean landscape painter, Thomas Somerscales, who encouraged his young student to paint 'en plein air'. He perfected this method of painting outdoors during trips to Southern Chile with his great friend and fellow artist, Juan Francisco Gonzales. He then moved to Santiago to study painting under Alfredo Valenzuela Puelma.

Securing a grant from the Chilean government in 1906, he travelled to London and Paris where he exhibited with Alfredo Valenzuela Puelma. For a while he studied under Jean Paul Laurens and exhibited at the Salon of the Society of French Artists in 1907. Returning to South America, Helsby disembarked at Rio de Janeiro and made his way to Buenos Aires where he held an exhibition in 1909 before travelling back to Santiago. Throughout his career he was never part of any art institution or artist's group and as a result he developed his own unique style using delicate colours in the impressionist manner, which can be observed in the present painting of Santiago.

During his life he held numerous exhibitions in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile, and he is represented today in the national collections of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Montevideo and Washington.

Good clean condition. Slight abrasion to the signature where original glass was missing. Slight abrasions to the original gilt mount. The original frame is in good untouched condition with slight gilt thinning at the base.
Height 11.50 inch (29.21 cm)
Width 17.50 inch (44.45 cm)
Oil on board
Signed by the artist and inscribed ' Santiago', the mount inscribed ' Sunset near Santiago, looking East '
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