Antonio Fabrés began his studies at the School of Fine Arts of Barcelona, known as the School of the Lonja. Later through the support of a state pension, he moved to Rome in 1875, where he began to experiment with watercolor under the influence of Mario Fortuny. During his stay in Italy, he achieved great prestige by publishing his watercolors and illustrations in magazines and books. His career took off even more when in 1902 he was called by the San Carlos Academy of Mexico City to direct the painting department, where he had as his disciples Diego Rivera, Saturnino Herrán and José Clemente Orozco. Two years later, he was summoned by the Presidency of the Republic to be appointed Inspector General of Fine Arts
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