Miguel Arias Bardou: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Miguel Arias Bardou (1841–1915) was a Spanish born Cuban painter. He is best remembered for radiant landscapes such as Pueblo Campesino (1891) and Bohío y Palma produce an effect Riachuelo (1908) which mainly depicted harmonious rural themes.

Bardou was born in Astorga, León, Spain in 1841. He moved to Cuba where he worked as a painter and scenographer in Cuban theatres. In 1885 he made a notable display at the La Caridad Theater in Santa Clara, Cuba. He was higher employed as a scenographer in the Alhambra Theater in Havana. In 1966, 1971 and 1980 his paintings were exhibited of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. The Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach) is today in possession of one of his earlier paintings, Paisaje Cubano (Cuban Landscape), painted in 1875.

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