Urbano González Varela

Urbano González Varela was born in Santiago de Compostela on March 3, 1868 and died also in Santiago de Compostela city on April 24, 1906, shortly after reaching the age of 38. He was the son of Secundino González Valdés (who was the founder of the Centro Gallego de La Habana) and sponsorship Varela. He was brother of Pura, spouse of writer and Galician politician Manuel Lugrís Freire.

Carmen García Arbuthnot

Carmen García Arbuthnot

Urbano married Carmen García Arbuthnot in Santiago de Compostela in 1900. The marriage lasted only six years due to the untimely death of Urbano and at this time they had a single daughter named Carmela González García.

Despite dying so young, his work as a painter, graphic Illustrator, writer of prose and poetry, theatre and journalist, is very extensive. In addition to his artistic side, he served as Professor of various centers inside and outside Galicia, as we will later see. Artistic sensibility and his personal sympathy, as that of her sister, a concert pianist and Professor of piano, made that it was considered as one of the great Galician artists of his time.

Pura González Varela

Pura González Varela

José Antonio Durán, in his documentary for Television of Galicia “The saga of the Lugrís”, referred to them in the following way: “the second marriage of Manuel Lugrís Freire had extraordinary impact family.” “With urban and Pura González Varela, trained in Cuba, New York and Madrid, refinement, painting, music, enter na the Lugrís House”.

Manuel Lugrís Freire

Manuel Lugrís Freire

Urbano González Varela also intervened in regionalist era politics, because belonged, together with Manuel Lugrís, Manuel Murguía, Salvador hit, Francisco Tettamancy, among others, to the “Celtic cave”, “group of intellectuals of regionalist ideology”.

His training was very extensive. He began his studies in Santiago de Compostela. From there went on to Havana, where he studied at the Academy of fine arts San Jorge, and this to the architecture of New York. At the end of their stay in New York, he moved to Madrid. For four years he was with the painter and master of painters, Casto Plasencia, who, in addition to student, was great friend. In recent times of life of chaste Plasencia, even without finishing one of the works in which more love put this teacher, wrote a dedication: “to my unique urban – Plasencia disciple”. This work, which gave him, was in the House of the heirs of urban until the mid-1950s.

The death of Plasencia, Urbano, on a large pallet, painted a portrait of his great master reclining. This palette is currently in Madrid, home of one of the grandchildren of Urbano.

Their work, as well as the artistic, was extensive and varied; in 1893 won by opposition square modeling and emptying of Adorno, in the school of A Coruña and in 1898 Professor of painting at the school of Arts of Oviedo. In July 1901 he moved to A Coruña, to be named the Coruña school teacher. There he won application of the artistic drawing square decorative arts and soon after returned to Santiago de Compostela where he held the Chair of geometrical drawing at the school of Arts and industry.

In civil constructions of the Northwest area and especially in the enlargement works of the University of Santiago de Compostela, and in Central Madrid, officers served with works of geometric drawing, and was at the forefront of these works on several occasions, in the absence of the same directors.

He is the author of a monograph on Gregorio Hernández, work that was awarded by the Ateneo Leo XIII and by the Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País.

He was founder and first President of the Association of the press of la Coruña, as well as member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de A Coruña.