What artistic movement does the painter Fernando Zóbel belong to?

The painter Fernando Zóbel was a central figure in the Spanish abstract art movement. Zóbel left his home country for the United States in 1946, where he studied philosophy and literature. A self-taught artist, he also taught himself to paint with oils. It was during this period that Zóbel met the painter couple Reed Champion and Jim Pfeufer, who became his close friends and would mentor Zóbel on pictorial matters. The Spanish painter’s first works were inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period and the Synthetic Cubism movement. During the 1950s, Zóbel developed an interest in themes from Philippine folklore: street scenes and religious subjects, which he painted in vivid, solid colours—a painting style reminiscent of the work of Henri Matisse.

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