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Rosario de Velasco: 10 interesting facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Rosario de Velasco Belausteguigoitia (Madrid, May 20, 1904 – Barcelona, March 2, 1991) Spanish painter. Born in Madrid, in her prematurely years she started an alert painting career. “Pupil of Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor y Zaragoza, developed a neo-traditional style imbued later than Magic Realism. Her favourite subjects were seascapes, portraits and landscapes. In 1932, she obtained second prize at the National Fine Arts Exhibition following Adam and Eve, showing a fully-clothed man and girl lying in a meadow. In 1936, she took share in the Jeu de Paume exhibition “Contemporary Spanish art. Painting and sculpture”, where she presented Carnaval”. Member of the female branch of the Falange Española, she take active portion in many cultural events. During the Spanish Civil War she was sentenced to death in Barcelona but she escapes in the flavor of the help, among others, from his forward-looking husband, Xavier Farrerons-Co, a MD. They both got married during the prosecution in their own home and leave suddenly to France from the Catalan-French attach to re-enter once more from the French-Navarra border. They stir in a little town in the Burgos province. In 1938 Rosario de Velasco delivered her deserted child in San Sebastian, a girl called María del Mar Farrerons de Velasco. At the grow less of the engagement the 3 of them return to Barcelona.

In Barcelona, the painter catch going on her career successfully taking allowance in many exhibitions. She also quits the lithe political activity. She will start to have solo exhibitions developing a much more personal style mostly in oil upon canvas works although she made some works in fresco paintings and cassette illustration. In the late 50 she became more personal and grown and accomplish critic triumph and sales as soon as regular solo exhibitions in Sala Gaspar (Barcelona), Sala Parés (Barcelona), Syra (Barcelona) among others. In the late 60 she starts to paint in oil upon paper similar to more artistic freedom creating some of her best works. She dies in Barcelona in 1991 as soon as a legacy of many works some of them in prestigious museums such as The Centre Pompidou in Paris (Carnaval, 1936) and Sketch of Mother and Son, 1936 or Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Adam and Eve, 1932). Most of her produce an effect stays in her relatives collections, mainly in her daughter’s, María del Mar Farrerons de Velasco. References:

Rosario de Velasco was awarded second medal for painting at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Madrid for Adán y Eva (Adam and Eve), done the same year. She went upon to produce an effect the piece at exhibitions organized by the Society of Iberian Artists in Copenhagen and at the , between December 1932 and January 1933.

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