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The Olot school: Joaquim and Marià Vayreda and Josep Berga i Boix

<p>Gallery dedicated to the artist Joaquim Vayreda.</p>

Gallery dedicated to the artist Joaquim Vayreda.

In the second half of the 19th century in Catalonia, the rise and proliferation of painting coincided with the period of the Spanish restoration. Marked by economic prosperity, this period favoured the middle class, who in turn drove forward cultural Renaissance and Catalan nationalism. The middle class wanted realistic art, but which was also appealing, elegant and optimistic.

At the time there were several art schools in Catalonia, the most prominent of which was the Olot school. It was Catalan landscape painting school, with similarities to the Barbizon school. Joaquim Vayreda started the school, and he popularised the landscape surrounding Olot and attracted the attention of artists from elsewhere, such as Rusiñol and Ramon Casas.

The school was successful thanks to the teaching practices of the painter Josep Berga i Boix, who reinstated the tradition of students painted outside. Some of the best students include his son Josep Berga i Boada, Miquel Blay, Josep Clarà and Melció Domenge.

Marià Vayreda is the third component of the school Olot. Despite being better known as a writer and journalist, he was also a talented painter.

The Museum exhibits some of the most famous works by these artists, as well as paintings by other artists who were captivated by the countryside surrounding Olot.


<p><em>"</em>Les bugaderes", Joaquim and Mari&agrave; Vayreda, 1883. Oil on canvas.</p>
"Les bugaderes"
"Les bugaderes"
<p>"Un combregar a muntanya<em>"</em>, Mari&agrave; Vayreda, 1887. Oil on canvas. From the collection at the Museu Nacional d&rsquo;Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.</p>
"Un combregar a muntanya"
"Un combregar a muntanya"
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