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CATALOGUE OF RAFOLS CASAMADAID91302057

CATALOGUE OF RAFOLS CASAMADA

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Albert Rafols-Casamada (Barcelona, 1923) is one of Spain's most internationally renowned painters and graphic artists. After studying architecture and painting in Barcelona, he experienced a powerful creative boost in Paris where, in the fifties, he discovered post-cubist figurative painting. Contact with the work of Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Miró and others profoundly influenced the young Catalonian painter, as did his theoretical drift towards American abstract expressionism.

When he finally returned to Barcelona in 1955, he set out on his own artistic path that, as is well known, lead him to the creation of a vast body of work that brought him global acclaim. It was at that time that Rafols-Casamada created his first abstract works which began to take over from the cubist figurative art of his initial period; pure abstraction in which we discern the construction of space by the application of soft, glowing color. In the sixties this would give way to a chromatic reduction which, stretching the limits would arrive at its maximum simplification by the exclusive use of the color white.

Thereafter Rafols-Casamada would pick up his figurative references again, utilizing ideas from both Pop Art and collage. In the following decade, and with the influence of European realism behind him, the Barcelonese artist re-stated his expressive language by dividing the canvas into horizontal and vertical planes in order to enhance the color contrast. This absolute predominance of the bright, transparent, delicate color range would gradually become consolidated at the close of the 20th century.

The work of Rafols-Casamada is characterized by an elegance of composition made up of orthogonal structures, added to which is a chromatic sensitivity at once emotive and luminous. After evincing an interesting association with movements like the neo-Dada and the new realism in the sixties and seventies, his work became focused on purely and intensely pictorial values: fields of color in expressive harmony, and upon these, prominent charcoal lines that join them up with a harmonious gestural touch. The main contribution of Rafols-Casamada to our history of art is his capacity for synthesizing the most mature and compromised trends -both locally and internationally- in 20th century representational and abstract art, and interpreting them anew from a personal criterion resonating emotionally with the wealth of Mediterranean visual culture.

At the same time Rafols-Casamada always showed his interest in the art or profession of teaching Art which lead him to create in 1967 the renowned Escola Eina. His creative and intellectual concerns led him to publish some twenty books, mostly on poetry and art.

The prizes and awards that he received in his long professional and personal lifetime include: the National Visual Arts Award (1980), the Cross of Saint George awarded by the Generalidad of Catalonia (1982), the designation of Officier of the French Order of Arts and Letters (1985), and, in 2006, the Tomás Francisco Prieto Award from the Real Casa de la Moneda Foundation, which was his rationale for designing the medal.

[22.5 x 26.5 cm, 223 p., illustrations, col.]

Spanish edition.

Albert Rafols-Casamada (Barcelona, 1923) is one of Spain's most internationally renowned painters and graphic artists. After studying architecture and painting in Barcelona, he experienced a powerful creative boost in Paris where, in the fifties, he discovered post-cubist figurative painting. Contact with the work of Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Miró and others profoundly influenced the young Catalonian painter, as did his theoretical drift towards American abstract expressionism.

When he finally returned to Barcelona in 1955, he set out on his own artistic path that, as is well known, lead him to the creation of a vast body of work that brought him global acclaim. It was at that time that Rafols-Casamada created his first abstract works which began to take over from the cubist figurative art of his initial period; pure abstraction in which we discern the construction of space by the application of soft, glowing color. In the sixties this would give way to a chromatic reduction which, stretching the limits would arrive at its maximum simplification by the exclusive use of the color white.

Thereafter Rafols-Casamada would pick up his figurative references again, utilizing ideas from both Pop Art and collage. In the following decade, and with the influence of European realism behind him, the Barcelonese artist re-stated his expressive language by dividing the canvas into horizontal and vertical planes in order to enhance the color contrast. This absolute predominance of the bright, transparent, delicate color range would gradually become consolidated at the close of the 20th century.

The work of Rafols-Casamada is characterized by an elegance of composition made up of orthogonal structures, added to which is a chromatic sensitivity at once emotive and luminous. After evincing an interesting association with movements like the neo-Dada and the new realism in the sixties and seventies, his work became focused on purely and intensely pictorial values: fields of color in expressive harmony, and upon these, prominent charcoal lines that join them up with a harmonious gestural touch. The main contribution of Rafols-Casamada to our history of art is his capacity for synthesizing the most mature and compromised trends -both locally and internationally- in 20th century representational and abstract art, and interpreting them anew from a personal criterion resonating emotionally with the wealth of Mediterranean visual culture.

At the same time Rafols-Casamada always showed his interest in the art or profession of teaching Art which lead him to create in 1967 the renowned Escola Eina. His creative and intellectual concerns led him to publish some twenty books, mostly on poetry and art.

The prizes and awards that he received in his long professional and personal lifetime include: the National Visual Arts Award (1980), the Cross of Saint George awarded by the Generalidad of Catalonia (1982), the designation of Officier of the French Order of Arts and Letters (1985), and, in 2006, the Tomás Francisco Prieto Award from the Real Casa de la Moneda Foundation, which was his rationale for designing the medal.

[22.5 x 26.5 cm, 223 p., illustrations, col.]