Vice President of Honor of the AEPE
On December 20, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, accompanied by the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, received the President of Mellaria, the Tarifeña Association of Defense of the Cultural Heritage, Mariluz Muñoz Ruiz, and Wenceslao Segura, author of the book “Agustín Segura Iglesias: life and work of the famous Tarifeño painter”.
Mellaria contacted the AEPE as soon as they learned about the painter’s relationship with the centenary entity, seeking a collaboration that would provide documentation and details about his life and work, taking into account that as it appears in the published book, Agustín Segura Iglesias He had a close relationship during his artistic career, not only with the Autumn Salon, but with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.
The contributions made in this regard by the Secretary General of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, thus serve to conveniently document this relationship that has been reflected in the book that can be consulted and downloaded at the following link http: // alqantir. en / index.php / alqantir / article / viewFile / 282/290
This work corresponds to the number 53 of Puerta de Jerez and has a free and free diffusion, being an edition of Al Qantir, Monographs and Documents on the History of Tarifa; Number 24 – Year 2019, published on the occasion of “2019. Year of the Tarifeño painter Agustín Segura ”
The book details the life of the eminent and laureate painter and collects more than a hundred photographs, most of them by the artist from Tarifeño, many printed in full color, and is the culmination of the actions that the Mellaria Association has carried out around the painter, after the exhibition that took place with the same name in April thanks to the collaboration of the Wenceslao Segura Museum-Foundation and which we report promptly on this website.
Agustín Segura maintained an intense relationship with the Association of Painters and Sculptors from the moment he belonged to the entity in 1932, the year in which he was also appointed Merit Partner.
In addition, he was Medal of Honor at the 1962 Autumn Salon and Princess Sofia Extraordinary Award at the 1964 Autumn Salon.
He was Member of the Board of Directors from 1946 to 1948. Vice President from 1966 to 1970, being appointed Vice President of Honor in 1971, when he left office on the Board.
He participated in the halls of 1931, 1932, 1933, 1942, 1944, 1945, and in those of 1946, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1962, 1965, 1967 and 1969.
Jury in the Autumn Hall of 1949, he was also a Special Jury for the Medal of Honor in 1968.
Together with José Cruz Herrera, he founded the Velázquez Group, within the AEPE, together with Antonio Casero, Enrique García Carrilero, Domingo Huetos, Antonio L. Pinero, Rogelio García Vázquez, José Pérez Gil, José Valenciano and Manuel Izquierdo Vivas. As José Riquelme says: “Everyone is grouped around the Velazquez banner at a time when ‘art has been increasingly dehumanized to deviate from the representation of reality’ (Torres Balbás) and intend to follow the painting school of 19th century, when ‘painting is painting and sculpture, sculpture’ (Francisco de Cossío) ”.
Agustín Segura was born in Tarifa in 1900 and although he marched to Seville a few months after he was born, he always considered himself a Tarifeño and maintained a close relationship with his hometown, leaving in this city several of his works, including the painting of the Virgin de la Luz that has been venerated in the church of San Mateo since 1953.
During the thirties of the last century, Agustín Segura was already an accomplished painter, specialized in portraiture. During the republican period he portrayed characters from the culture such as Pío Baroja or the playwright Pedro Muñoz Seca. Three heads of government of the Second Republic posed for him, in addition to other prominent figures in public life at the time.
After the civil war, Agustín Segura further strengthened its prestige, as evidenced by the awards won at the National Exhibitions of Fine Arts, such as the Medal of Honor he won in 1945 for the painting titled Camerino.
This success motivated that the City Council of Tarifa named him the Favorite Son of the city and gave his name to the street where he was born.
His fame and consideration continued to increase and during the decades of the fifties and sixties he painted thousands of portraits of both Spanish and foreign characters, being in his words, “the best paid painter of the time.”
More than two thousand portraits made Agustín Segura, which was only part of his enormous artistic work. The painter tarifeño got the greatest mastery in the art of still lifes. But it was in the genre paintings, of strong manners style, where the artist had the opportunity to deepen the human soul.
The Agustín Segura tarifeño became one of the main cultural values of Spain and his regular exhibitions at the Cano Salon in Madrid were social events of the first order.
Among the numerous awards and honors he received, highlight the Great Cross of Alfonso X that was given to him by the Minister of Education and Science.