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Fabián de la Rosa

Fabián de la Rosa

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Fabián de la Rosa

May 5, 1869, Paco, Manila – December 14, 1937

Fabián Cueto de la Rosa was a Filipino painter. He is regarded as a master of genre in Philippine art.

He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes y Dibujo (School of Fine Arts and Portraits) and at the Académie Julian in Paris, France. After traveling from Europe, he became one of the first instructors at the School of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, where he introduced to his students the decorated form of painting. De la Rosa became the full director of the school (1927 – 1937).

It is believed that de la Rosa was able to paint about 1,000 works. De la Rosa’s works were divided by Aurelio S. Alvero into three time periods: those that are academic but are not giving importance to atmosphere and ambience; those that have academic form that gives importance to the environment that could be sensed; and those that play with the use of colors.

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