Biography of Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa (1871-1959)

Spanish painter, born in Barcelona, and died in Pollensa, Mallorca. He/She studied at the school of fine arts of the Llotja de Barcelona, where he/she was student of Modest Urgell, whose work influenced his first landscapes. After a brief contact with the Group of Els Quatre Gats, in 1897 he/she moved to Paris and attended the academies of Julian and Colarossi, in which received classes of Jean Paul Laurens, Benjamín Constant and Louis Auguste Girardot. After a short stay in Valencia, in 1904 he/she returned to Paris and settled in Montmartre. He/She met Picasso and opened a painting school, which was attended by many students who include María Blanchard.

He was one of the founders of the autumn salons of Paris and related to the artists of the Vienna secession, which he/she even exposed.

Portrait of Sonia Klamery, by H. Anglada Camarasa (1913).

In 1914 he/she returned to Spain and settles in Pollensa, where he/she lived until his death, except the parenthesis of the French exile during the Civil war and the first years of the post-war period. Its this Mallorcan Town House became the Museum Anglada Camarasa.

After obtaining the gold medal at the Venice Biennale in 1905 his painting began to seriously carried out in his country. Fruit of this recognition was his appointment as a member of honour of the Hispanic Society, in 1917 or membership in various Spanish art academies and foreign (Milan, Antwerp).

Its style, part of the naturalistic landscape of Modest Urgell, is clearly influenced by the movement of Symbolist painting of end of the century and especially by the Rosa-Cruz group. To 1904 he/she entered a stage of folk with strong colour theme and a clear influence of the modernist decorative style in their funding of sinuous elaborate rhythms as well as in his sophisticated portraits. Mallorcan stage it is dedicated especially to the landscape, still life and floral sets.

His work is distributed by the following museums: Museum of modern art in Barcelona, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, in Madrid, Luxemburg Museum in Paris, Pollensa Museum Anglada Camarasa, Gallery of modern art in Venice and Hermitage Museum in Leningrad.