Lavanderas - Washerwomen
Aristides Fernandez. Was born in Guines, outside the Havana province, in 1904. He
did not finish his studies at San Alejandro, in 1925. He worked
alone and all of his work was done in his last years of living.
He died in 1934 and his paintings were unknown to the world. In
1935 his friend Jorge Arche made an exhibition with first time
shown Aristides' work. Fifteen years later, in 1950, an
exhibition was organized at the Nation's Capitol which allowed
the author to be known.
Aristides Fernandez was part of a generation who lived decisive
moments filled by desires for a national recuperation.
Together with Victor Manuel, they are the artists who
incorporated the moments of those days with the new Cuban
artistic trends. Therefore, breaking away with all rules
established by the Academy.
He cultivated and developed portrait paintings with severe
discipline and with diverse techniques.