Luis Ricardo Falero, born in Granada in 1851, originally pursued a career in the Spanish Navy, but gave it up to his parents' disappointment. He ran away and walked all the way to Paris by foot, praying for his food and lodging by doing crayon portraits. In Paris, he became known to his countrymen and to many of his Paris friends as „Don Luis“, and studied art, chemistry and mechanical engineering. The experiments that he had to conduct in the latter two were so dangerous, however, that he decided to focus on painting alone. After Paris, he moved to London.
Falero is one of a number of painters concentrating on the nude, shown in a highly-finished manner, and in a mythological or fairy tale setting. His painting „Wine of Tokai“ shows a luscious young nude lady leaning across a wine caraffe. The model, Maud Harvey, posed for numerous of Falero’s paintings. In 1896 Maud Harvey sued Falero for paternity. The suit alleged that Falero seduced Harvey when she was 17 first serving as his housemaid, and then model. When he discovered she was pregnant, he dismissed her. She won the case and was awarded five shillings per week in support of their child. Shortly after, Falero died at the University College Hospital in London, at the age of only 45.
„Wine of Tokai“
A beautiful Essencia from the outstanding Danczka vineyard. Behind the beauty of this Essencia lies a powerful golden goddess, whose soul and magic is contained within the orange blossom honey nectar.
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„Listen then, your grace; his majesty the King of Sweden -
I beg pardon, the Count Haga
I should have said - drinks nothing but tokay.” - „Well, am I so poor as to have no tokay in my cellar? If so, I must dismiss my butler.”
from „The Queen's Necklace”