Rafael Zabaleta

Rafael Zabaleta, 1907-1960

Zabaleta was born in Quesada, Jaén, Spain in 1907. In 1925, he travelled to Madrid to study at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts. After the Spanish Civil War, charges were brought against him and he spent a brief period at a jail in Jaén. During this period, a series of drawings begun three years earlier on the conflict were seized. Starting from 1940, he began a new stage of his life and painting, more original and less influenced by academic painting, with country and mountain themes prominent. During his travels to Paris, Zabaleta met Picasso and other relevant Spanish painters of the time. In 1960, he exhibited a series of 16 oil paintings and ten drawings at the Spanish pavilion in the Venice Biennale, his most important exhibition. He died in 1960.


Rafael Zabaleta, Dos mujeres sentadas, 1935, oil on canvas, Museo de Rafael Zabaleta en Quesada


Rafael Zabaleta, Autoretrato


Rafael Zabaleta, Autoretrato


Rafael Zabaleta, Autoretrato


Rafael Zabaleta, Autoretrato y modela con bodegón, 1955, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm


Rafael Zabaleta, Dos campesinas, 1952, oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm, Museo de Rafael Zabaleta en Quesada


Rafael Zabaleta, Espigadoras, 1954, oil on canvas, Museo Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain


Rafael Zabaleta, Interior con desnuda, 1956, oil on canvas, 80 x 101 cm


Rafael Zabaleta, Mujer y paisaje, 1943, oil on canvas, Private Collection

BT, 20 February, Meeting No 11



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