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The Olot School of Lanscape Painting and the post-war period

<p>Gallery dedicated to post-war artists.</p>

Gallery dedicated to post-war artists.

During the two decades before the Civil War, work by the painters Melció Domenge, Enric Galwey and Iu Pascual was very influential in Olot. Their presence was another factor that helped identify a specific type of landscape with a defined style of landscape painting. This explains the reason why, when the Republican Regional Government restructured the artistic education system, it decided to found the Olot School of Landscape Painting. The school was, however, short-lived; it opened in 1934 and was closed permanently in February 1939. Notable teachers from this period include Iu Pascual and Xavier Nogués.

After the war, in 1942, the school was restructured to create the Olot School of Fine Arts and Crafts. The post-war period saw a return to the roots of Olot landscape painting, although a number of artists open to outside influences began to develop a more individual aesthetic. One of the most notable artists is Leonci Quera, an excellent painter and sculptor who died prematurely in a car accident aged 37. Quera left an important body of work to the Museum, progressing from a figurative to a more abstract style, and marked by austere, impulsive and vibrant qualities of the iron he worked with.

OBJECTS

<p>No title (iron sculpture), Leonci Quera, 1962-1964.</p>
No title (iron sculpture)
No title (iron sculpture)
<p><em>"</em>El parc de la ciutat"<em>,</em> Pere Gussiny&eacute; i Gironella, 1950-1977. Oil on canvas.</p>
"El parc de la ciutat"
"El parc de la ciutat"
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