Tag: drawing

An important episode in the history of graphic humour in Catalonia: the Agell Collection in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya / 2

Adela Laborda and Francesc Quílez With regard to the thematic content, the majority of the works in the Agell Collection reflect the main historical events of the period stretching from the 1880s to the proclamation of the Second Republic (1931). In so turbulent a political context, it is natural that draughtsmen should have acted as…

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Author: Adela Laborda

An important episode in the history of graphic humour in Catalonia: the Agell Collection in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya / 1

Cara i creu

Adela Laborda and Francesc Quílez The journalist, businessman and collector Miquel Agell Nadal (Granollers, 1892-Barcelona, 1949) purchased over 16,000 works by leading names in the history of Catalan drawing, which enrich the material from the last third of the nineteenth and the first third of the twentieth century conserved by the Museu Nacional d’Art de…

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Author: Adela Laborda

The collection of drawings by Apel·les Mestres: a collection to discover

Mercè Saura and Francesc Quílez The Cabinet of Drawings and Engravings of the Museu Nacional conserves in its collection more than four thousand drawings by the artist Apel·les Mestres Oñós (Barcelona, 1854-1936), of the forty thousand that the artist himself said that he did throughout his life. For a couple of years now, the Cabinet…

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Author: Mercè Saura

Unidentifiable Sketch. A contemporary drawing project in the Espai educArt with the excuse of Fortuny

Croquis inconcret Èlia Llach

Èlia Llach To prepare this project, the artist Èlia Llach (Barcelona, 1976) consulted the collection of the museum’s Cabinet of Drawings and Prints several times. There, what most caught her eye were some drawings by the painter Marià Fortuny (Reus, 1838 –Rome, 1874) classified as ‘Vague Sketches’, an apparently contradictory title referring to sketches that…

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Author: Èlia Llach

“Gothic”, the comic: The Making Of

The museum has jointly co-published with Norma Editorial the comic, Gothic, by the writer Jorge Carrión and the artist Sagar Fornies. In this they explore the Medieval Gothic Art collection of the Museu Nacional. Jorge Carrión explains the creative process of the publication. It’s difficult to change habits, above all if they have given you…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

What you need to know about ‘Els dolços indrets de Catalunya’ (Attractive Places in Catalonia), by Pere Torné Esquius

Elena Llorens Eduard Vallès It is a fact that in Catalan art history books there are always a few lines set aside for Torné Esquius in the chapter about Noucentisme. This is so due largely to the impact —and subsequent spread— of his album Dolços indrets de Catalunya, which saw the light in Barcelona at…

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Author: Elena Llorens

Torné Esquius, an artist conformed to none of the official canons

Eduard Vallès and Elena Llorens A monographic exhibition on Pere Torné Esquius posed a challenge. Although exhibitions had been mounted previously, neither his life nor his work as a whole had ever been studied in great detail. Torné Esquius is by no means an unknown in Catalan art. It could be said that he is…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

What we discover about Ramon Casas with infrared reflectography

Mireia Campuzano, Núria Pedragosa and Carme Ramells For the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ramon Casas, celebrated last year, here is what the studies carried out with infrared reflectography reveal to us about different paintings by the artist conserved in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Reflectography shows that Casas sometimes approached the composition…

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Author: Mireia Campuzano

Comics and the museum: an unresolved story

Lluís Alabern Opening the museum to the community, incorporating the gaze of others, rethinking the organization of museums in several languages, generating a multiplicity of proposals at a time when there seems to be neither a predominant discourse nor model to resort to. The debate is open in many of our museums – and in…

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Author: Lluís Alabern

The Gosé Glossary

Mariàngels Fondevila The exhibition Xavier Gosé, 1876-1915. Iillustrator of modernity allows us to take a look at the figure of a professional profile in between the 19th and 20th centuries, linked to media interests. And, at the same time, it allows a tour to be made of some of the aspects of the Belle Époque…

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Author: Mariàngels Fondevila