Fernando álvarez De Sotomayor Spain
9-25-1875 Ferrol, ESP - 3-17-1960 Madrid, ESPBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor y Zaragoza was born in a bourgeois Ferrol family, he studied high school in the Royal College of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. He tried to follow several careers, finally devoting himself completely to painting. In 1899 he achieved a scholarship to continue his studies in Rome, where he lived for four years. Before his return to Spain in 1904, he visited France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Around 1910 he moved to Chile, his influence was fundamental, although he lived only six years in that country. With his classes first and then as director of the School of Fine Arts in Santiago, left an original mark favoring popular themes and the Hispanic imprint in the first generation of Chilean artists recognized as the "Generation of 13".
In 1915, the family returned to Spain. Back in Madrid, Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor was nominated court painter of Alfonso XIII. In 1922 he became director of the Museo del Prado and member of the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. As director of the Museo del Prado, he was in charge until 1931 when he was obliged to leave the post due to the rise of the republic in Spain. Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor later became director of the museum a second time after the Spanish Civil War until he died. He played a great role in hiding most of the paintings the museum held during the Spanish civil war and later on recuperating them.
Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor was multiple awarded. In 1904 he won the second and in 1906 the first medal at the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 1907 he won the Exposición Internacional de Barcelona, as well as medals in Munich, Buenos Aires and Liège, and was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Orden de Alfonso X el Sabio, The great Cross of Isabel La Catolica, Great Cross Of Alfonso XII and with the Italian Court medal.
Traveled: Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Chile