LAUREANO BARRAU BUÑOL (Barcelona 1864 - Santa Eulària des Riu, Ibiza, 1957)
Landscape, O/L. Signed in the lower right corner. It has a patch on the back. Measurements: 90 x 63 cm (without frame); 100 x 73 cm (with frame)
Laureano Barrau Buñol grew up in a wealthy family, he was the son of an industrial engineer and businessman. His training began at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, being a student of Antonio Caba. Shortly after, he moved to Madrid to continue and expand his training. In 1884 he traveled to Rome to study for three years thanks to a Fortuny Pension granted by the Barcelona City Council. However, with that scholarship he decides to go to Paris and enters the Academy of Fine Arts, having Jean-Leon Gérôme as his tutor.
The following year, in 1885, he was studying the great Italian masters in Rome while he sent works to Barcelona. Since 1887 he exhibits in one of the most important Spanish galleries of the moment, the Sala Parés in Barcelona. In this year, his painting The surrender of Gerona, obtained great success since it supposed a personal treatment of the genre of history painting.
In addition, Barrau frequently participated in official national and international exhibitions. In 1888 he was awarded a second medal at the Barcelona International Exhibition and a second prize at the Brussels Universal Exhibition. In 1891, he obtained the title of member of the Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and a year later for his work Escardadora he obtained a third medal at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Madrid. In the same exhibition in 1904, he won a second medal for Caponeras del Ampurdán. Barrau holds numerous solo exhibitions as well as participating in group shows in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, New York and Rome.
In 1909 he moved to Buenos Aires maintaining the success and recognition he had in Spain and Europe. In 1929 it was named Societarie des Salons de Paris.
Barrau's style starts from an initial language closely related to his neoclassical training but will evolve until reaching a new concept characterized by luminosity and chromatic transparencies.
He is currently represented in the Prado Museum, the Getty Museum in California, the Museums of Contemporary Art in Madrid and Barcelona, in his house-museum of Sata Eulària des Riu and in different museums in Paris, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro. ; as well as in outstanding national and international private collections.
It comes from a private Catalan collection.
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