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Julio de Pablo

1917 - 2009
Revilla de Camargo, Spain

8 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Julio de Pablo



41 x 30cm

1800,00 €



30 x 41cm

1800,00 €



30 x 41cm

1800,00 €

Coral de estrellas / Chorus of Stars


46.5 x 38.5cm

2222,00 €

Búho de toro


33.5 x 41cm

2222,00 €



38 x 46cm

4444,00 €

Julio de Pablo was born on July 26, 1917 in Revilla de Camargo, Cantabria, Spain and died on June 19, 2009 in Torrelavega, Spain. He was a plastic artist dedicated to painting and drawing. He also worked in ceramics and poster design, being painting where he would stand out the most by developing a very personal style. He is considered the dean of Cantabrian painting and a distinguished cultural reference of the region.

Julio de Pablo Pérez was born on July 26, 1917 in Revilla de Camargo, a small Spanish village, peasant and mining located in Cantabria. In 1919, during an unprecedented political and economic crisis in the country, his family moved to the city of Santander where he lived most of his life. When he was only twelve years old, he began to work as an industrial painter to help his family economically.

His interest in art, despite working, made him enroll in evening classes in painting and modeling at the School of Arts and Crafts of Santander, without obtaining any qualifications in this regard, so that his training was considered self-taught. According to the artist himself, his pictorial vocation was born when he came into contact, in 1939, with the work of Agustín Riancho.

In 1942 he married Francisca Castanedo Calderón and due to his precarious economic situation he emigrated to Germany in August, where he worked as a sign maker, enjoying a leave of absence on May 2, 1943, returning to work and returning definitively to Santander on January 24, 1944.

It was upon his return to Spain that Julio de Pablo began his artistic career. In 1947, at the age of 30, the artist presented his first exhibition at the Ateneo de Santander, where he exhibited a total of 27 paintings. Years later he held a second exhibition in the city of Torrelavega, inspired by mountain painting, whose contact with artists such as Agustín de Riancho had influenced him.

In the 50's the artist began to evolve towards a more personal style and aesthetic proposal. In 1953 the Congress of Abstract Art was held at the Menéndez Pelayo International University, which marked a new stage in the artist's work and career.

In 1957 he had his first exhibition outside Santander, in the Sala Vayreda, in Barcelona and it was the following year when the artist began to have notoriety, especially as a result of the success of his last exhibitions, in the Dintel Gallery and in the Sala Sur, in Santander. In 1958 the Museum of Fine Arts of Santander acquires the painting entitled "Dark Skies", this would be the first painting of the artist to be acquired by a museum.

On September 15, 1958 the Camargue painter Julio de Pablo inaugurated an exhibition of paintings in the Exhibition Hall of the Casa de Cultura Sanchez Diaz de Reinosa.

In the 60's he developed exhibitions in Madrid, Salamanca, Valladolid, Bilbao, London, launching his career at national and international level.

The 70's were the most active period of the artist, maintaining his own style and with an accelerated pace of work, he made more than 28 solo exhibitions and participated in 35 group exhibitions. The artist's professional career was also consolidated when he began to appear in publications such as "Diccionario de pintores españoles contemporáneos" and "La pintura española del siglo XX" in 1972.

From 1990 onwards, the artist slowed down his pace of work, entering a stage in which his level of artistic production would be lower and lower. His last living exhibition was in 2003, at the Museum of Fine Arts of Santander, the same museum that had acquired one of his works 45 years before.

Julio de Pablo Pérez died ill at the age of 91, in the early morning of June 19, 2009 in the city of Torrelavega.

Art collector José Ramón Rodríguez Altonaga, the artist's personal physician, created the Julio de Pablo Foundation in 2012. Its founding partners are members of the Rodríguez Altónaga family, to whom, due to their friendship and knowledge of his work, the painter delegated the promotion of his artistic legacy.

De Pablo had no direct descendants. It was José Ramón Rodríguez Altonaga, whom Julio saw grow up as a child, who would maintain a family friendship that would end on the day of the artist's death. It was José Ramón himself who, as a doctor, watched over the artist's health during his last moments of life.

In 2013, motivated by the foundation, the Camargo Town Council studied the possibility of dedicating a street in the town of Revilla to the painter. In the town of Maliaño in the municipality of Camargo, a street in front of the Parque de la Cros is dedicated to the painter.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Municipal Museum of Fine Arts of Santander
Maritime Museum of Santander
Redondo El Riojano Museum, Santander, Spain
Museum of Modern Art Palacio de Elsedo, Pámanes, Cantabria
Alto Aragon Museum, Huesca
Camón Aznar Museum, Zaragoza
Pictorial Museum of Barril, Murcia
San José Castle Museum, Lanzarote
Columbus House Museum, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Cognac Museum, France
Palace Museum of Equatorial Guinea
Government of Cantabria. Santander
Parliament of Cantabria, Santander
Menéndez Pelayo International University. Santander
Botín Foundation. Santander
Fray Bernardino Foundation, Sahagún, León.
Santillana Foundation, Torre de Don Borja, Santillana del Mar. Cantabria
Official College of Architects. Santander
Santander Royal Regatta Club
Royal Yacht Club of Gran Canaria
City Council of Santoña, Cantabria
Camargo City Hall, Cantabria
La Casona de Tudanca House-Museum, Cantabria
Santander Athenaeum