Self- Portrait – Luis Paret y Alcázar -1746-1799
Court painter, Paret y Alcázar was exiled to Puerto Rico in 1775 by King Charles III of Spain, for backing the Princes’ scandalous life. During his exile in Puerto Rico, Paret y Alcázar taught José Campeche, one America’s best rococo painters. In 1776 he paints this self-portrait dressed in Puerto Rican peasant clothing, complaining of his diminished condition and requesting forgiveness. Paret is forgiven and returns to Spain in 1778.
Collection Puerto Rico Museum of Art