Domingos Rebelo: The Picasso of the Azores

individuos_e_sociedadeDomingos Rebelo was born in Ponta Delgada on December 3, 1891, on Sao Miguel island. The son of José Eduardo Rebelo, a fiscal guard, and Georgina Augusta Pereira Rebelo. The family came from a modest family with limited possessions and four children. The Rebelo family attached great importance to family life and religious activity, aspects that would be remarkable both in the life and work of the painter.Domingos-Rebêlo-aos14-anos-Colégio-Fisher-1906 The Rebelo family valued the education of their children, and Domingos Rebelo had the opportunity to make an education course accessible to only a few. He attended the Fischer Institute where he received an education with a strong Catholic component, which reinforced religious family beliefs. The many teachers of the school recognized his passion for drawing and painting where then he joined the Velho Cabral School of Arts and Crafts.Domingos-RebêloalunoJoão-S.-Cordeiro-Colégio-Fisher-Ponta-Delgada-19001 The painter Artur Jaime Viçoso May, who was the director of the school, recognized the artistic talent of the young student and encouraged the production of his first works. It was thanks to this support that Domingos Rebelo, at only 13 years old for the first time exhibited one of his works. His first exposure began by placing a painting of his in the shop window of Duarte Pereira Cardoso, located at Nova da Matriz street, present street António José de Almeida, in the center of Ponta Delgada. This gained a great deal of exposure since this was the main square on the island. Imagem2The exposed work and support of Viçoso May brought the talent of Domingos Rebelo to the attention of the Counts of Albuquerque, who were impressed by the quality of his art and offered to pay for his artistic studies. Like many European nobles at the time, they were interested in developing the talents of this young artist to bring more of a cultural awareness to the region. 16298506_573030689562567_6333708604083474777_n It was with the support of Duarte de Andrade Albuquerque de Bettencourt, 1st Count of Albuquerque, and his teacher Vicoso May, that conditions were created for Domingos Rebelo to continue his studies in Paris. He was 15 years old when he left Ponta Delgada on his way to the great European metropolis, where he began the next chapter of his artistic development. He remained in Paris for 6 years studying the various techniques from some of the best in Europe at the time. He returned to Sao Miguel is 1913 where he remained for over 30 years. It was here that he married twice, the first passing away young with no children. He then remarried and had 5 children and continued painting while exposing his work at various exhibits in Lisbon and abroad. The artist was constantly commissioned by the local elite to have their portraits painted and was custom to have him paint your children’s self-portraits. He began becoming a tutor for the wealthy ladies of the island of Sao Miguel who at that time had a great passion for art and recapturing the beauty of their islands.Paisagem-micaelense.Pormenor-1 It was only in 1942 that Domingues Rebelo returned to Lisbon where he remained for the rest of his life constantly traveling to his native island of Sao Miguel and Brazil where he was recognized as one of the great painters of his generation. He died in Lisbon in 1975 after a long fulfilling life, following his dreams and becoming one of Portugal’s top artists of the 20th century. His paintings are collector’s pieces and are hung in various museums and palaces throughout Portugal. On occasion, a painting of his will go up for auction and is usually sold quickly as these are recognized in Portuguese society as a must for the walls of their old manor homes. It was after his death in 1979 that the high school in Ponta Delgada in his hometown was named after him which is recognized as one of the best high schools in the Azores. Pdl_es_domingos_rebelo

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