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Exhibition. The catalan book in the time of modernism

2. The Modernist book

Cover of Calendario para el año 1896, published by Henrich y Cia., 1896

Cover of Calendario para el año 1896, published by Henrich y Cia., 1896

The European symbolist movement, which set out to depict the hidden side of reality, the unknown and the mysterious, arrived in earnest in Catalonia in 1890.

It created tension between the artists and a middle-class society, that favoured progress and rationalism. Artists no longer wanted to portray reality, but to escape from it, go beyond it, using an idealistic, sophisticated style of art.

As a result, translations were made of European authors who upheld the ideas of symbolism, and these authors were delighted that Catalan publishers produced their books.

Publishing houses such as Montaner y Simon and Salvat, together with printing firms like Fidel Giró, Víctor Oliva, J. Thomas and others gave the Catalan book an identity of its own, one which reflected the intimist, refined style of Modernisme.

This aesthetic was also reflected in popular, didactic and educational books.

 

Josep Pascó i Mensa (Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Barcelona, 1855 – Barcelona, 1910)

Cover of Calendario para el año 1896, published by Henrich y Cia., 1896

Printed on book cloth

Eliseu Trenc collection.

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OBJECTS

Cover of Canigó, by Jacint Verdaguer
Cover of Canigó, by Jacint Ver
Cover of Canigó, by Jacint Verdaguer
Cover of Crisantemes
Cover of Crisantemes
Cover of Crisantemes
Cover of La Fiameta
Cover of La Fiameta
Cover of La Fiameta
Manuscrito metódico
Manuscrito metódico
Manuscrito metódico
Gramática Española.
Gramática Española.
Gramática Española.
Cover of De mi viña
Cover of De mi viña
Cover of De mi viña
Cover of Tria
Cover of Tria
Cover of Tria
Boda oficial
Boda oficial
Boda oficial
Ernestina
Ernestina
Ernestina
Los Sports
Los Sports
Los Sports
Keepsake
Keepsake
Keepsake
Cover of Poesía & Prosa
Cover of Poesía & Prosa
Cover of Poesía & Prosa
Universal exlibris and cover of Anuari Oliva
Universal exlibris and cover o
Universal exlibris and cover of Anuari Oliva
Cover of Recorts íntims
Cover of Recorts íntims
Cover of Recorts íntims
Cover of Salomé
Cover of Salomé
Cover of Salomé
L’oeuvre de Puig i Cadafalch
L’oeuvre de Puig i Cadafalch
L’oeuvre de Puig i Cadafalch
Cover of Natura
Cover of Natura
Cover of Natura
Cover of Ayres del Montseny
Cover of Ayres del Montseny
Cover of Ayres del Montseny
Cover of Marines y boscatjes
Cover of Marines y boscatjes
Cover of Marines y boscatjes
Cover of Ton y Guida
Cover of Ton y Guida
Cover of Ton y Guida
Cover of Solitud
Cover of Solitud
Cover of Solitud
Cover of Titellas febles
Cover of Titellas febles
Cover of Titellas febles
Cover of Indiana
Cover of Indiana
Cover of Indiana
Portrait of Joan Oliva Milà
Portrait of Joan Oliva Milà
Portrait of Joan Oliva Milà
Portrait of Víctor Oliva Sala
Portrait of Víctor Oliva Sala
Portrait of Víctor Oliva Sala
Logo for the publisher L’Avenç
Logo for the publisher L’Avenç
Logo for the publisher L’Avenç
Poster for Poesía & Prosa
Poster for Poesía & Prosa
Poster for Poesía & Prosa
Draft for a poster of La Fada
Draft for a poster of La Fada
Draft for a poster of La Fada
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