Manuel Capdevila Massana (1910-2006) - La mujer de Lot

Manuel Capdevila Massana (1910-2006) - La mujer de Lot
Oil on canvas - Hand signed - c.1980

Oil and sand on canvas

Manuel Capdevila i Massana (December 28th, 1910 – April 18th, 2006) was a Catalan painter and goldsmith, son of goldsmith Joaquín Capdevila and Meya and father of the also goldsmith, Joaquim Capdevila and Gaya.

In 1950 he was invited to The 1950 Pittsburgh International competition at the Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania, where he presented the painting El Sacerdote, which is now part of the MNAC collection. A year later the Museum of Modern Art of Panama acquired the work Crisantemos.

He was part of the Jury of the Morera Prize in 1953. Two years later, as a member of the IDIB’s Management Board, he signed the manifesto written by Alexandre Cirici which created the Instituto del Diseño Industrial.

At the request of Lluís Maria Goell, director of the Escuela Massana, in 1959 he assumed the creation of the Aula Abierta de Joyería, from where he raised awareness among students to reflect and find out the new possibilities of contemporary jewellery. He established contacts with the Kunst Werkschule of Pforzheim, a pioneering school of the new artistic jewellery in the 1960s . He encouraged cultural exchanges between the two pedagogy centres and in 1962 he promoted from the Escuela Massana the jewellery exhibition of the Kunst Werkschule in Pforzheim.

In 1961 he was invited to participate at the International Exhibition Modern Jewellery, 1890 to 1961, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum of London together with the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and which was held at the Goldsmiths'Halls of the same city.

In 1966, together with Alexandre Cirici Pellicer, Antoni de Moragas and Cesáreo Rodríguez-Aguilera, he organized in Barcelona the exhibition Cien Años de Joyería Catalana, which was held at the Colegio de Arquitectos de Cataluña y Baleares.

That same year he created the Lletra d'Or Prize, which currently still exists. He also created the Medalla de la Asociación Española de Críticos de Arte in order to reward the work of artists. He made the medals awarded to Picasso, Miró, Chillida, Ortega Muñoz and Subirachs among others.

However, in 1967 in Munich he participated at the Internationalen Handwerkmesse, at the exhibition Form und Qualitét. The Círculo de Joyeros of Barcelona offered a silver shrine for the chapel of the Santísimo at the Monastery of Montserrat. It is integrated into the altar made by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, and was designed and made by Capdevila with the intervention of his children, Joaquín and Elisenda.

Lot details
Manuel Capdevila Massana (1910-2006)
Title of artwork
La mujer de Lot
Oil on canvas
Hand signed
In good condition
Sold with frame
Image sizes
54×65 cm
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