Francisco de CIDÓN
(Valencia 1871 - Zaragoza 1943)
An Elegant Woman Walking a Small Dog
Signed CIDON in black ink at the lower right.
295 x 185 mm. (11 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
Cidón settled in Zaragoza in 1924, teaching drawing at the Instituto Goya and also publishing art criticism under the pseudonym ‘Zeuxis’. As well as designing covers for the magazine Aragón and La Gaceta Ilustrada, he continued to produce striking poster designs, such as those for the annual Fiestas del Pilar - the ten days of festivities celebrating the patron saint of Zaragoza - in 1926 and 1927. Cidón also designed distinctive posters for the Almacenes el Águila department store, and indeed is known in particular for his distinctive contribution to advertising in Spain, and as one of the country’s finest commercial poster artists. In 1940 he was admitted to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Luis in Zaragoza. Following the Spanish Civil War, Cidón produced a number of drawings of ruined Aragonese villages and towns, some of which were shown at the Casino Mercantil in Zaragoza in 1942, the year before his death. A posthumous exhibition of Cidón’s work was held at the Museo San Telmo in San Sebastián in October 1944.