Antonio Maria Fabrés Spain
1-16-1854 Barcelona, ESP – 3-4-1938 Rome, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
It is said that Antonio Maria Fabrés inherited his artistic skills, as his father was a draughtsman and his uncle a silversmith. He started studying at the Escola de la Llotja in his native city at the age of 13. When he turned 21, he received a grant to study in Rome. He joined Marià Fortuny with a group that became known for their intense realism. Their popularity grew with the taste of the bourgeoisie seeking exotic images with oriental or medieval themes. He went back to Barcelona in 1886 and in 1894 he moved to Paris. The popularity he had earned during his decade in Italy helped him open a large studio where he could create complex scenes for the upper classes.
In 1902 the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico decided to renovate their classical techniques with the ones of realism that were so popular in Europe at the time. Antonio Fabrés was called to take the place of Santiago Rebull as head of this important institution. The faculty had a hard time adapting to his distinct style and personality. In 1907, he returned to Rome.
Antonio Maria Fabrés was recognized most everywhere he traveled. He was acclaimed in Barcelona, London, Paris, Vienna and Lyon. At the end of his life he was dealt a very unfortunate blow when in 1926 he decided to donate a large amount of works to the Museo de Bellas Artes de Barcelona. In exchange for this generous donation he asked the Museum that a hall be built with his name, but the museum never built that hall and although he protested several times, they could never settle the argument.
Traveled: Italy, France, Mexico, England, Austria