Mawiens studied under Genisson and under Jenaro Perez (de) Villaamil. In 1842 Perez had published in Paris an important series of books with engraved views of Spain. Some of the views of the Cathedral of Toledo must have inspired our Belgian painter in painting our composition.
About Joseph Mawiens
Louvain 1828 – 1880 Louvain
Church interior painter from the Romantic period.
Pupil of the church interior painter Victor-Jules Génisson (St Omer 1805 – 1860 Bruges). Génisson had moved in 1840 from Brussels to Louvain.
Both Génisson and Mawiens painted realistic church interiors with a Romantic touch.
About our painting
Besides with Génisson, Mawiens is known to have studied under the Spanish Romantic landscape and townscape painter Jenaro Pérez (de) Villaamil (1807 – 1854). Between 1840 and 1844, during the radical reign of regent Baldomero Espartero, he had fled Spain and lived in Belgium and France. It is thought that Mawiens studied under Perez (de) Villaamil while he was in Belgium and not after his return in Madrid in 1845, where he became, at the Royal Academy of San Fernando, the first professor of landscape painting in Spain; later he became its director.
“Espana Artistica y Monumental”, a series of 3 books holding 144 engravings with view of monuments of Spain, was published by Veith and Hauser in 1842 in Paris. Forty four engravings represent Toledo, 41 of these were made by Jenaro Pérez Villaamil. Judging by the stained glass windows in our painting Mawiens must have painted here a romanticised view of the Cathedral of Toledo, inspired by the engravings of his master Pérez (de) Villaamil.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because Mawiens has well captured the magic of the light filtering through the stained glass, adding to the magic of the ancient church interior.