Gustave Charles Bacarisas was born in Gibraltar on 23 September 1872, the eldest of three brothers, his parents being Gabriel Bacarisas and Adela Podesta; the family was then living in Castle Street. He was educated at the Christian Brothers College in Line Wall Road and already as a young boy had impressed everybody by one of his paintings of a warrior on horseback.
One of the very first paintings that exist of the artist is a portrait of his brother Francisco painted in 1890. In 1892, at the age of 19, a group of Gibraltarian businessmen, at the initiative of a John Imossi, realizing his artistic potential, granted him a scholarship to study art in Rome. His earliest pencil drawings Male Head, Female
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