The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo - New Bedford Whaling Museum

The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo

Art from this seminal twentieth century painter reflects Portuguese identity and culture, and honors the artist’s Azorean roots.

Image Caption
Maria da Glória Pereira Rebêlo
, circa 1912. Oil on canvas, 36.6 x 54 in., private collection.
Maria da Glória Pereira Rebêlo, cerca 1912. Óleo sobre tela, colecção particular.

The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo

Wattles Family Gallery

Opened: March 31, 2022

Closed: September 25, 2022

In a career spanning more than 60-years, Domingos Rebêlo (1891-1975) created thousands of works of art that reflected his Portuguese identity and culture and honored his Azorean roots. Rebêlo belongs to the first generation of Portuguese modernist painters.

While he dreamed of exhibiting his works for Portuguese emigrant audiences abroad in the United States, he never had a show for American audiences during his lifetime. The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo is the first international exhibition of this artist’s work to be presented in the United States. Organized by his grandson and researcher, Jorge Rebêlo, the exhibition brings together over fifty paintings and works on paper from collections in continental Portugal and the Azores. This will be the seminal exhibition on the artist.

Rebêlo studied art for six years in Paris, France in the early twentieth century, meeting significant European modernist painters, poets, and collectors. Rising tensions in Europe before the outbreak of WWI prompted him to return home to the Azores and the island of Sao Miguel, where he found inspiration in depicting life on the islands, including fishermen, religious scenes, and family. Rebêlo would remain devoted to picturing domestic scenes in the Azores and Portugal for the rest of his career.

Exhibition Catalog

The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo is accompanied by a 250-page, full-color, hardcover exhibition catalogue with seven scholarly essays by Portuguese and American scholars, as well as a foreword and introduction, and artist chronology.

To purchase the catalog from the NBWM Store, click here.

Exhibition 360 Tour

Thanks To:

This landmark exhibition and publication have been made possible by funding and support from:

An anonymous donor

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University

Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD)

Massachusetts State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues

The Senator Rodrigues Arts and Culture Fund of the SouthCoast Community Foundation

SATA-Azores Airlines

TAP Air Portugal

The exhibition is Guest Curated by Jorge Rebêlo, researcher and grandson of the artist.

The logos for Luso-American Development Foundation, Air Portugal, Sata Azores Airlines, and Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMass Dartmouth.