Biography of Xavier Gosé (1876-1915)

Spanish cartoonist and Illustrator who is considered one of the forerunners of modernism. He/She was born in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) in 1876 and died in 1915. He/She settled with his family of origin Lleida, Barcelona, and since 1900 lived in Paris, where triumph publishing regularly their illustrations in the most prestigious European magazines, such as the German magazine Jugend or the Parisian L'assiette au Beurre. In Barcelona he/she collaborated with Quatre Gats and Pel magazines i Ploma.

His drawings he/she focused on two fundamental issues: the turn of the century and the world of the "belle epoque" Paris. Drawings of large ladies and gentlemen's label, scenes of stylish cafes, horse racing and cabarets of fashion give way to meet the artist caught in the intimacy women or men that, at dawn, lost his exquisite manners in the dubious scenes of cabaret or "music hall". Exceptional witness to the society of the turn of the century, which is still torn between tradition and the seduction of the modern, Gose shows a convincing and insightful view of the different faces of the elegant turn of the century Paris.

Gose marked the stereotype that the illustrators of the 1920s were to follow. He/She joined the Japanese perspective and silhouettes in black with its stylized figures. Appreciated in Catalonia, where his work can be seen in the Museu Jaume Morera of Lleida and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, has been unjustly ignored by the majority of the Spanish public; However, in a new success of this institution, the MAPFRE Foundation managed to regain his memory thanks to a magnificent exhibition, during the summer of 1999, 280 original works by both museums.