The painting is in good condition, with slight rippling. The varnish has darkened and corners and edges show rubbed spots due to the frame. Overall there are scattered marks, mainly lower right and a small spot with loss of color at the upper edge. The frame shows usual signs of age and wear as well as loss of color and material overall, mainly at the outer edges. The stucco on the left side is loosely.
Mariano Bertuchi Nieto (1885-1955)
Mariano Bertuchi was born in 1885 in Granada. He began his education under the landscape artist José Larrocha (1850-1933) and studied later at the Academy of Fine Arts in San Felipe and at the university in Madrid. When the Second Moroccan War broke out in 1921, Bertuchi was one of the artists who came along next to journalists and photographers to document the events. The painter was instantly fascinated by the country and moved there permanently. He became the chief inspector of Fine Arts Services in the Protectorate and founded the school of Fine Arts in Tetouan. Mariano Bertuchi Nieto’s works can be found in numerous public collections. (msc)