Biography of Néstor Martín Fernández de la Torre (1887-1938)

Spanish painter, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1887 and died in the same city in 1938. He/She received his first training as a painter alongside Eliseo Meifrèn, who advised him to leave to study at Madrid, where he/she entered as a disciple in the workshop of Rafael Hidalgo de Caviedes and devoted himself to the study of the human figure and nude in 1900. He/She frequented the circle of fine arts, in the library probably began his inclination towards the pre-raphaelites and modernism, and the gathering of the Café de Levante, attended Meifrèn, Zuloaga, Valle Inclán and Romero de Torres, among others.

Between 1904 and 1907 he/she travelled to England, Paris and Belgium. On his return to Spain, in 1907 he/she moved to Barcelona, a city that held his first individual exhibition in 1908, which continued again in 1909. In 1911 he/she travelled, for one year, to London, where he/she dedicated himself to the study of etching techniques. In 1914 he/she settled again in Madrid, where he/she showed for the first time, and traveled by Andalusia in search of subjects for his painting.In 1915 he/she made the costumes and sets for Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla.

In 1923 he/she met the composer Gustavo Durán that frequented the residence of students and which subsequently travelled to Paris in 1928. He/She began to paint landscapes with Meifrèn, to spend in Madrid to paint bare stage and figures who dominated the taste by the curved line, eroticism, symbolism and the relationship between painting, music and literature.

Influenced by the English pre-raphaelites, these notes were accentuated later in his painting, taking him to shape up as one of the most significant representatives of the symbolism and the Spanish modernism.His work can be admired in the Museum of Nestor in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.


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