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 Pablo Cueto Amorsolo  (1898 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: Philippines      Known for: portrait, history and genre painting, teaching, editorial illustration

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Pablo Cueto Amorsolo (June 26, 1898 – 1945) was a Filipino painter, and the younger brother of the Philippine National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. He was born in Daet, Camarines Norte to husband and wife Pedro Amorsolo and Bonifacia Cueto. When he was still eight years old, his family moved to Manila. He became an apprentice-painter under the guidance of his uncle, Fabián de la Rosa, an expert painter. After elementary schooling, Amorsolo studied at the Lyceum of Manila. He later graduated from the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines in 1924.

Two years after enrolling as a student at the University of the Philippines, he was appointed as an assistant-teacher for painting. He taught painting until the arrival of the Second World War.

Amorsolo was an enthusiast of both classical and modern-day forms of art. During the 1930s, he drew and painted may editorial illustrations for Philippine magazines such as the Graphic, Tribune, La Vanguardia, Herald Manila Times. He became one of the causes for the rise of the so-called genre art in the Philippines, because he wove, through his artistic brush strokes, a wide variety of images that show native and social scenes and scenarios.

He was also a known master of portrait paintings who had the ability to give life to any individual subject. He painted people from different levels of society and also from varied age brackets, where he was able to present his ability to understand the characteristics and personalities of his human subjects. He also created works that portray themes related to Philippine history. Examples of these are the large images of Magellan and the Natives and The Discovery of the Philippines.

The latter was painted in 1944.

During World War II, he became a follower of the Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere, and served as a colonel of the Kempetai of the Japanese Empire. When the American soldiers succeed in returning to the shores of the Philippines, Amorsolo was captured by Filipino troops.

He was sentenced and executed by firing squad in the hands of guerillas at the Antipolo, Rizal in 1945. Most of Amorsolo's paintings were destroyed by a fire which occurred in 1945.

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