Josep de Togores i Llach (Cerdanyola del Vallès, 1893 - Barcelona, 1970), the son of the filmmaker and arts patron Josep de Togores i Muntadas, was one of the leading representatives of magical realism in Spain. He evolved from Art Nouveau to avant-garde art. At the age of 13 he became deaf. His family permanently moved to their house in Cerdanyola in around 1914. Togores got his start in painting there and he soon began to garner success. One of the most famous works of the period was El boig de Cerdanyola (The Madman of Cerdanyol), a painting that he presented at the 1910 International Exposition in Brussels. In 1919, he went to Paris, and two years later he was contracted exclusively by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, the dealer of Picasso, Léger, Gris and Manolo Hugué. At that point, immersed in neoclassicism, he showed his works in France, Germany and the United States. From 1928 to 1930, he became immersed in Surrealism. The following year he broke off his contract with Kahnweiler, returned to Catalonia and rejoined the more traditional artistic currents until he died in 1970.