During the seventies and eighties, Arasa accentuates the emotional aspect and increases the tendency towards expressionism, coinciding with a decrease in exhibition activity and an increase in output and sales. The painting of Ferran Arasa during this period tends towards an accentuation of the emotional aspect, which is reflected in a clear tendency towards expressionism: the colour acquires much greater force and the brushstrokes are broader, vigorous and free and the forms less defined with a tendency towards abstraction, while maintaining at all times the landscape as the subject reference and the organiser of colour on the canvas.  There are multiple colour combinations, with contrasting chromatic relationships that make the work a unique and living landscape. Ferran Arasa i Subirats (1905-1992) He studied at the Ricard Cerveto Academy of Drawing and Painting in Tortosa, and later with his brother Antoni Cerveto in Madrid. In 1926 he presents his first exhibition in Tortosa, which would become the starting point of Arasa’s artistic career. In 1932 he was awarded the Medal of the Masriera National Competition, organised by the Sant Jordi Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona. This recognition was a decisive moment in his career and a major boost to his vocation. In 1936 he moves to Mallorca, spends time in Pollença and with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War remains there until 1939 when he returns to Tortosa. Arasa’s high point is in 1945, the year in which he is awarded the Diputació de Tarragona Tapiró Award. It is at this moment that Arasa finds the personal language that would define his pictoric work during the fifties and sixties. Following some initial years of incomprehension, his work is accepted and accentuated in parallel with the cultural renaissance taking place in the city of Tortosa. Within this context, Arasa becomes a prominent figure. In general, the pictoric production of this era is characterised by the adoption of a technique rich in paste, based on fine, vertical brushstrokes with a constructive nature. The use of colour, with nuances, gives the work strength and unity, with a predominant use of a blue, green, ochre and white hues. The result is a highly personal


  • Title: Untitled
  • Date: 1976 - 1976
  • painter: Ferran Arasa
  • Physical Dimensions: w116 x h91 cm
  • Type: Oil on chipboard

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