Fernando Amorsolo, for a time, stayed at the house of his uncle – Fabian de la Rosa – where he volunteered in assisting him in his studio. This marks the start of his tutelage and education when it comes to arts.
Amorsolo was instructed by his uncle, learned styles and techniques, and eventually surpassed him before he turned 20.
Amorsolo’s family might have limited means, but with the help of his uncle, he was able to earn a degree. He was part of the first graduating class of University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts where he graduated with honors in 1914.
In his 20’s, he knew already what he wanted in life. After graduating in UP, a lot of his professors think that he surpassed them with his bursh strokes. He was, then, invited by his old school and offered him a job as a professor.
He impressed Zobel with his work that gave him a chance to study abroad in improving his craft. He sponsored Amorsolo’s trip going to Academia de San Fernando in Madrid. After evaluation of his work, the administrators at the art school informed him that they would be accepting him as a professor, and not a student.
After his stay in Madrid where he was influenced by a lot of Spanish artists, he went back to the Philippines to set out to his favorite – the Philippine countryside.
In his lifetime, the estimate of sketches and studies he had was over 10,000 pieces. In 1972, five days after his death, he was posthumously honored with the Philippines’ first National Artist Award for Painting. He left behind a trail of legacies around the world in the form of priceless paintings that depicted virtue showed his sense of optimism.
In fact, the most expensive piece he had to ever sell on auction is Under the Mango Tree(1952), which sold for P46,720,000 in 2018.