Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fernando Fader

Caballos (horses)
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm
National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fernando Fader (1882-1935), born in Bordeaux, France, was a French-born Argentine painter of the Post-impressionist school. His father, of Prussian descent, relocated the family to Argentina in 1884, settling in the western city of Mendoza.

He relocated to Munich in 1900, where he enrolled at a local vocational school. There, he was trained at the prestigious Munich Academy of Fine Arts. He returned briefly to Buenos Aires, where his work was first exhibited. His landscapes quickly established him as a Post-impressionist painter. He settled in Buenos Aires in 1914, where he obtained a first prize at the Fourth National Art Bienale. He toured art galleries in Spain and Germany and earned a gold medal at the Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, in 1915.

An onset of tuberculosis, however, forced him to relocate to the drier climates of the Argentine Andes foothills. His stay in Cordoba refocused his work along more Impressionistic lines, employing a greater use of sunlight contrasts. This productive period was cut short by a sudden worsening of his breathing difficulties around 1921. Forced into reclusion by ill health, he died in Ischilin Department, Cordoba at age 52.