Portrait of Dr. Noel J. Cortes, 1936 by Pablo Amorsolo, Private Collection, USA.
|Born||Pablo Cueto Amorsolo
June 26, 1898
Daet, Camarines Norte, Spanish East Indies
|Died||February 21, 1945
Antipolo, Commonwealth of the Philippines
|Education||University of the Philippines|
|Notable work||Ferdinand Magellan and Natives
The Discovery of the Philippines (1945)
He became an apprentice-painter under the guidance of his uncle, Fabián de la Rosa, an expert painter. After elementary schooling, Amorsolo studied at the Lyceum of Manila. He later graduated from the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines in 1924.
Two years after enrolling as a student at the University of the Philippines, he was appointed as an assistant-teacher for painting. He taught painting until the arrival of the Second World War.
Amorsolo was an enthusiast of both classical and modern-day forms of art. During the 1930s, he drew and painted may editorial illustrations for Philippine magazines such as the Graphic, Tribune, La Vanguardia, Herald, and Manila Times. He became one of the causes for the rise of the so-called genre art in the Philippines, because he weaved, through his artistic brush strokes, a wide variety of images that show native and social scenes and scenarios. He was also a known master of portrait paintings who had the ability to give life to any individual subject. He painted people from different levels of society and also from varied age brackets, where he was able to present his ability to understand the characteristics and personalities of his human subjects. He also created works that portray themes related to Philippine history. Examples of these are the large images of Magellan and the Natives and The Discovery of the Philippines. The latter was painted in 1944.
Unfortunately, most of Amorsolo's paintings were destroyed by a fire which occurred in 1945.
- Ferdinand Magellan and Natives
- Piro, oil on canvas, 183 x 138 mm, 1930
- The Discovery of the Philippines, 1945
- ”Pablo Cueto Amorsolo,” GeringerArt.com (undated), retrieved on March 18, 2008
- An article about Fernando C. Amorsolo that mentions Pablo Amorsolo, Cultural Heritage, GlobalPinoy.com, 2006, retrieved on: April 6, 2008
- Guillermo, Alice G. "Pablo Amorsolo" (as instructor at the University of the Philippines), Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994.
- Amorsolo, Fernando, Pablo Amorsolo, Fabian de la Rosa and I. L. Miranda, Paintings of Twelve Philippine Women, Christian, Mohammedan and Pagan..., Manila: Philippine Education Company, Inc., 1929. Foreword by A. V. H. Hartendorp, Unpaginated, first edition.
- "Image 1: Pablo Amorsolo, Piro, 1930 (oil on canvasboard, 183 x 138 mm, Philippines, JB Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, acc. no. UPVM-III.00077), Introduction: The Characterisation of Oil Paintings in Tropical Environments, The Behaviour of Western Artist’s Materials in Tropical Environments, The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, October 3, 2007
- Osias, Camilo, Fernando and Pablo Amorsolo (illustrators), The Philippine Readers Series (exhibition), volumes of basic instructional materials during the American period, 15 September – 12 November 2006, The Landing Gallery, UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Diliman, Quezon City and UP Vargas Museum