Today in Philippine History, May 5, 1869, Fabian Cueto de la Rosa was born in Paco, Manila

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On May 5, 1869, Fabian Cueto de la Rosa, regarded as foremost Filipino painter during the American period, was born in Paco, Manila.

De la Rosa was noted for his realistic portraits, genre paintings, and landscapes in subdued colors.

Fabian dela Rosa   
(Fabian dela Rosa)   

Among his estimated 1,000 paintings, "Planting Rice" received the golden award at the International Exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in 1904. It was also during this exposition when his "The Death of General Lawton" was awarded the bronze prize.

De la Rosa also studied in different European countries under scholarship grant, including at the Académie Julian in Paris, France.

Upon returning from Europe, he joined the faculty of the University of the Philippines (UP), teaching decorative painting and encouraging students to pursue originality in their art. He was one of the first instructors at the UP School of Fine Arts.

De la Rosa became the first Filipino director of the UP School of Fine Arts in 1926, a position he held until his death on December 14, 1937 at the age of 68.

Dela Rosa's Planting Rice and Fishermen's Huts.

Women planting rice. Oil on canvas, 1902.

Women planting rice. Oil on canvas, 1902 (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons).

Casas Pescadores (Fishermen's Huts). Oil on canvas, 1920.

Casas Pescadores (Fishermen's Huts). Oil on canvas, 1920 (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons).


Reference: Philippines News Agency archives


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