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.

The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo

Wattles Family Gallery

POSTPONED

Previously scheduled to open in December 2021,
this exhibition will now run
March 2022 - September 2022.

 

Washers in Sete Cidades, 1931. Oil on wood, 10.2 x 13.4 in., private collection.

IMAGE CAPTIONS:
(TOP detail) Maria da Glória Pereira Rebêlo, circa 1912. Oil on canvas, 36.6 x 54 in., private collection.
(ABOVE) Washers in Sete Cidades, 1931. Oil on wood, 10.2 x 13.4 in., private collection.

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 seventy 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.

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. The catalogue will be published in English and in Portuguese and released in March 2022.

Thanks To:

Major funding and logistical support for this exhibition comes from Massachusetts State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, an anonymous donor, The Senator Rodrigues Arts and Culture Fund of the SouthCoast Community Foundation, and TAP Air Portugal. The exhibition is Guest Curated by Jorge Rebêlo, grandson of the artist.