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Fabián de Castro (1868–1948)

Fabián de Castro y Heredia was born into a Spanish gypsy family, and was a miner, bullfighter, and Flamenco guitarist in Spain before he moved to Paris (before 1900). He was a friend and admirer of Pablo Picasso, who may have inspired him to become an artist. In Paris, he was recognized as a painter of gypsy subjects, popular in an artistic milieu embracing the "primitive."


Abad, Miguel Viribay, “Fabián de Castro, Un Gitano Mítico de Jaén,” Boletín del Instituto de Estudios Giennenses no. 172, 2 (1999): 907–20.

Richardson, John. A Life of Picasso, vol. 1, 1881–1906, with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully (New York: Random House, 1991), 296.