Selection of the most outstanding works of the Museum's collection
Francisco Pradilla dedicated and gave this study to Jaume Morera, probably during the years that they shared as art scholarship holders. It is considered that this is the second sketch of the work, a study of colour and preliminary elements which will then be defined with great precision in the final work.
Carles Llobet was one of the outstanding designers of the tile imitation with papier mâché of Hermenegildo Miralles' workshop. This 40-tile piece is paired with another one —also designed by Llobet— that Casa Miralles presented to the Paris Exhibition of 1900. Later on, a 30-tile frame made of the same material was added in order to protect it.
Gypsy women, exotic beings with a quaint way of living, captivated Gonzalo Bilbao. In this case, portrays a basket carrier that moves with her family, defining a work which reveals his mastery of light, which flows from the landscape glimpsed through the branches of the great tree from the background.
This portrait shows the direction that takes Pla's painting, much more receptive to the needs of the Mediterranean light and a freer treatment of the figures. Pla uses the dress of the woman to exalt the contrast between light and shadow, repeated by placing her face to the vertex confluence of lighting areas of the picture.
This work reflects a subversive approach compared to the previous production of Antoni Garcia Lamolla, although it had no continuity. The work includes a piece of newspaper as a generator and articulator, something absolutely new, which in turn sanctioned the revolutionary intrusion of reality amid painting.
Organic forms —surely inspired by the sculptures of Hans Arp— lay on a very simple imaginary landscape. The mass in the center adopts a gesture almost human while remaining seated in a bucket under a sort of canopy, consisting of another biomorphic hanging form. This vision of puzzling reality appeals to dreams and is expressed with great lyricism, while freeing itself from any superfluous ornamentation.
This work hangs from a mechanism formed by two wires. One was previously coiled, so when recovering the initial state it generated a movement that curled the other thread, and so on. The result surpassed the idea of Alexander Calder’s mobile and stood in the field of continuous and constant motion, so that these works by Leandre Cristòfol have been considered an unmistakable precedent of kinetic art in Catalonia.
At the beginning, the sky and clouds starred Benseny paintings. However, in this artwork the sheaves' lines replace the movement of the clouds, reaching a certain deformation of the landscape overview, which responds to a constant spiritual subjectivism always present in the painting and in the artist's mood.
Niko was a doctor with artistic vocation that dedicated himself to "carigrafia" , an approach to psychological portraits based on a simplified and schematic definition of external and internal aspects of the personality of the portrayed, a concept very close to the historical avant-garde portraiture.
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