Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It is rainy and dark. These kinds of days are slow getting started. This feeling is elegantly captured by 19th-century Spanish painter Ramon Casas i Carbo in this series.
Ramon Casas i Carbo (Spanish painter, 1866-1932)
These simple, elegant paintings are not typical of the work of Ramon Casas i Carbó (1866-1932). He was a Catalan artist. During a turbulent time in his native Barcelona, he was a leading portraitist, painting the intellectual, economic, & political elite of Barcelona, Paris, Madrid, & beyond. He was also known for painting less elitist crowd scenes ranging from the audience at a bullfight to an assembly for an execution to a group of rioters in the Barcelona streets. Also a graphic designer, his posters & postcards helped to define the Catalan art movement known as modernisme. By the 1920s, Casas had fallen far away from the avant-gardiste tendencies of his youth. His work from this later period looks like it came from an academic painter of an earlier time than his work of the 1890s.
Ramon Casas i Carbo (1866-1932) Self-Portrait