Domingos Rebêlo (1891-1975) is revered among the first generation of Portuguese modernist painters. He mastered techniques in drawing, illustration, and painting, and drew inspiration from Azorean identity and regional motifs and themes of his native island of São Miguel. He later moved to Lisbon, worked on church and government mural projects, and became a leading painter of Portuguese culture, its people and its landscapes.
The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo is a 234-page, full-color, hardcover exhibition catalogue with six scholarly essays by Portuguese and American scholars, as well as a foreword and introduction, and artist chronology. This extraordinary publication and the accompanying exhibit that was on view at the New Bedford Whaling Museum until September 2022 is the result of more than two decades of research by the artist's grandson, Jorge Rebêlo.