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(Nerva, Huelva, 1882-Madrid, 1969)


Paradoxically, Daniel Vázquez Díaz started his education in The Official School of Commerce in Seville, which he very soon gave up to dedicate himself to his true vocation – painting. In 1903 he moved to Madrid with an intention to enter the Academy of San Fernando. His first attempt failed. Promptly, he started introducing into the intellectual circles of the city. From 1906 until 1918 he stays in Paris, although never loses contact with Spain and continues to send his works to the national expositions. In Paris he makes acquaintance with the works of impressionists, postimpressionists, nabis and symbolists; he starts displaying his works in the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon d’Automne and the Salon de la Société des Artistes Francais and holds his first individual exhibitions.

Portrait of Gloria Laguna, 1906

On returning to Madrid in 1918, he organizes his first individual exposition in the Salón Lacaste and becomes a subject of sharp criticism. In 1920 he exhibits in Bilbao with the Association of the Basque Artists; in 1921 in the Palace of Libraries and Museums of Madrid he holds an interesting display that represents the commencement of the contemporary Spanish art, the so-called return to the order. After turning to the ultraist movement he resides in Portugal and begins his participation in the Society of the Iberian Artists (1931,1932, 1933, 1935 and 1936). In October 1929, under the patronage of Alfonso XIII, he starts the famous series of frescos for the Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida.

His work achieves an indisputable success, acknowledged by obtaining a Chair in the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando at the beginning of the 1930’s.

After the Civil War in Madrid, starts a prolific period of expositions, which will make him one of the most well known artists of the regime. Artists of the prewar generation (among them: Rafael Botí, José Caballero, Juan Manuel Díaz Caneja) as well as those of the postwar period (Cristino Vera, Rafael Canogar and Agustín Ibarrola) visited his workshop.


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