Joaquim Mir Trinxet (Barcelona, 1873 - 1940) - Vista portuária

Joaquim Mir Trinxet (Barcelona, 1873 - 1940) - Vista portuária
Pencil drawing - Hand signed - c.1920

Signed at the bottom (j. mir)

The painting is framed

Dimensions of the painting: 21 cm high x 32 cm wide

Dimensions of the frame: 35 cm height x 46 cm width

In good general condition, only with some signs of rust over the years

Joaquím Mir i Trinxet was born in Barcelona in 1873. In his youth he worked in his father's costume jewellery and haberdashery business. He began studies of commercial expertise and later abandoned them to devote himself to painting.
Towards 1889 he began his artistic studies at Luis Graner's private academy, together with Nonell and later, he enrolled in the Official School of Fine Arts of Barcelona.

Most of his training was self-taught, showing great fondness for painting and drawing landscapes and people on the outskirts of Barcelona along with other artists such as Joaquim Sunyer, Isidre Nonell, Ricard Canals or Ramón Pichot. All of them were interested in subjects out in the open and were called the "Colla del Zafra" (Group of Saffron), due to the predominant ochre colour in their scenes.

His themes at the moment are the suburbs or those that reflect the harsh life in the countryside, such as L´hort del rector or El huerto y la ermita.

The most notorious example is The Cathedral of the Poor, where it realistically represents a group of beggars at the door of Gaudí's Sagrada Familia. The foreground, in which the family of beggars is situated, is profoundly tremendous. The shadow in which they are found contrasts dramatically with the light and clarity of the works.

At the end of the century, he became a regular at Els Quatre Gats, a place where modernists met. Shortly afterwards he travelled to Mallorca in the company of Santiago Rusiñol.

During his stay on the island he develops an absolutely personal language. He discovers the light and the colour of the Mediterranean landscape, more brave and natural than the Catalan one and from then on, his painting abandons the social criticism of expressionist style and the landscaping of his early paintings. The central axis of its activity will become the landscape. His palette is enriched with a daring and varied colour scheme, arranged spontaneously and showing the exaltation of an overflowing, almost unreal nature.

The pond rock is an example of that exaltation. His style is vigorous and powerful. Use ochre, blue and emerald shades to paint the steep rocks reflected in the transparent waters, creating a play of light in which these colours blend with the blues of the sea.

He spent three years in Mallorca in the small village of Sa Calobra and due to a serious fall off a cliff that could have cost him his life, he was admitted to a mental clinic in Reus for suffering severe nervous disorders.

Recovered from his illness, in 1907 he settled with his parents in Tarragona and in the towns of L'Aleixar and Maspujols inspired many of his landscapes.

Staggered Village is one of the artist's best paintings. Capture the landscape atmosphere by applying bold, vibrant colour spots with harmonious colour gradations.

Since 1921, after getting married, he lives in Vilanova i la Geltrú and died in Barcelona in 1940.

Joaquín Mir was the maximum exponent of the second generation of Catalan modernist painters. He renewed the landscape genre at the end of the 19th century with a personal style of great colour and expressiveness.

Lot details
Joaquim Mir Trinxet (Barcelona, 1873 - 1940)
Title of artwork
Vista portuária
Pencil drawing
Hand signed
Overall in good condition
Sold with frame
Image size
21×32 cm
Total dimensions
35×46×2 cm
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