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José María
Fenollera and Ibañez

1851−1918
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José María Fenollera e Ibáñez (Valencia, December 10, 1851 - Santiago de Compostela, December 6, 1918) was a Spanish painter, especially known for his portraits and teaching work.

He studied at the School of Fine Arts in San Carlos, in his native city, to later enjoy a five-year stay (1872 to 1877) in Rome, pensioned by the Valencia Provincial Council along with other painters, such as Sorolla or Pinazo. He later traveled to Paris, learning the photogravure technique, to finally settle in Madrid, where he made cardboard for the Royal Tapestry Factory and contributed to the decoration of the extinct Café de Fornos.

In 1887 he moved to Santiago de Compostela, the city where he established his residence and served as a professor at the School of Fine Arts, maintaining a close relationship with the regionalist movement. His activity as a portraitist stands out from this period, painting such famous characters as Alfredo Brañas, Montero Ríos, José Carvajal Hué or Cardinal Payá, and the successive presidents of the Economic Society of Friends of the Compostela country. Frescoes from the University auditorium also sprang from his brush.

He married in 1890 with the Galician aristocrat Consuelo Velón y González-Pardo.

His stay in Santiago gave rise to numerous disciples, among which Ovidio Murgía Castro and Jenaro Carrero Fernández (members of the "suffering generation") stand out.

Among the prizes he obtained, the gold medal, with a diploma of honor, stands out at the Galician Regional Exposition, held in Santiago de Compostela in 1909.


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  • Techniques
    Watercolor, Oil, Pencil, Nib
  • Art forms
    Painting
  • Learning
  • Teacher