Fernando Amorsolo painted and sketched more than ten thousand pieces
over his lifetime using natural and backlighting techniques. His most
known works are of the dalagang Filipina, landscapes of his Philippino
homeland, portraits and WWII war scenes.
Bather by the Water
Born in Calle Herran in
Paco, Manila, on May 30, 1892, Fernando Amorsolo began drawing and
sketching as a young boy. The family lived in Daet until the death of
his father. At that time his mother moved the family to the home of her
cousin, artist Don Fabian dela Rosa in Manila. Amorsolo was 13 years old
at the time and in order to help provide for his family, he sold his
drawings and began to study art under dela Rosa.
In 1909, he began studies at the Liceo de Manila and graduated from the
University of the Philippines in 1914. After designing the logo for
Ginebra San Miguel, Amorsolo received a grant to attend the Academia de
San Fernando in Madrid from businessman Enrique Zobel de Ayala in 1916.
A major influence in his painting style during this period was painter
used family members as subjects for many of his sketches and paintings.
When WWII broke out, Amorsolo continued to paint from his home in
Manila. Instead of painting landscapes with bright sun filled skies, he
did works that portrayed the human suffering and wartime scenes along
with self portraits and the Japanese occupation soldiers of the time.
Many of these paintings were exhibited in the Malacanang presidential
palace in 1948.
Following the war he returned to painting
landscape scenes of the countryside and portraits. He painted oil
portraits of all of the Philippine presidents, revolutionary leader
General Emilio Aguinaldo, and General Douglas MacArthur.
the popularity of his works he cataloged them and developed a technique
to paint them quicker to meet the demand.
Throughout his life Fernando Amorsolo worked as an instructor, a
draftsman for the Public Works, chief artist for the Pacific Commercial
Company, illustrator for children's books and magazines, and served as
Director at the School of Fine Arts before he retired in the early
Women Bathing and Washing Clothes
In the twilight years of his life,
Amorsolo continued painting through declining health. He was married
twice and had 13 children before a heart attack eventually took his life
on April 24, 1972.
Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation 39
Cordillera St. Quezon City, Phillippines
Lopez Memorial Museum -
article "Remembering Papa" by Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo
Cultural heritage - www.globalpinoy.com
of World Biography. Thomson
Gale, 2004. - www.encyclopedia.com