Fernando Fader was an Argentinean painter and cartoonist born in France, the main follower of German Impressionism in Argentina.
Fader was born on April 11, 1882, in Bordeaux. In 1898 he made his first paintings, among which the oil painting El Viejo pojoso. He completed primary studies in France and secondary studies in Germany, at the Realschule del Palatinate del Rhin.
There, he also studied with Heinrich von Zégel (1850–1941), a supporter of outdoor painting, whose thematic axes were animals and the naturalistic conception of the landscape, derived from the barbizón school.
In 1900 he won a gold medal for his painting "Behind the Rainbow". In 1906 he made his first exhibition in Argentina, without success.
Already in the country, he participates in the Nexus group (localist and technical lycote that faltered between Impressionism and academicism), together with artists such as Pío Collivadino and Cesáreo Bernaldo de Quirós and, marginally, Emilio Caraffa.
Driven by his other passion, engineering, he invested his entire fortune in a hydraulic company that led to the bankruptcy. This harsh economic moment coincided with the first symptoms of tuberculosis, which led him to look for the mild climate of the Sierras de Córdoba around 1917.
Pinin the Sierras de Achala and Ischilín, in towns such as Candelaria, La Higuera, Pocho, San Pedro Norte and San Francisco del Chañar.
Among his multiple portraits, oils and watercolors are La mantilla, La madre and La liga azul, the latter exhibited in the V Salon of 1915, as well as The Life of a Day, series of eight fabrics of (80x100 cm) in which the same landscape is depicted with its variants of light throughout the day, painted during 1917.
His painting shows different emotional periods, such as the stage of dark interiors with predominance of ochre and brown colors and his other moment of more luminosity, where artificial light falls on objects relating color-light to the object-light.
In 1914 after his bankruptcy, he settled in Buenos Aires and presented two works at the Salon Nacional. With "La mantilla" he shares the Acquisition award with Ernesto de La Cárcova. At the California International exhibition he won first prize with "The Food of Pigs".
Died of Cordoba on 28 February 1935.