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Modernisme: Miquel Blay and "La càrrega" by Ramon Casas

'La càrrega' (The charge), Ramon Casas, 1898-1903.

"La càrrega" (The charge), Ramon Casas, 1898-1903.

As an institution the Museum has received important donations from artists and Olot locals, which has created what is, in many ways, a unique collection.

Miquel Blay is the most important sculptor from this period. He studied in Olot and Paris, and created works that fit into Modernisme, and perhaps lean towards Naturalism. The details on his sculptures show great virtuosity and expressiveness.

In the early 20th century the Olot businessman Manuel Malagrida donated the winning posters for two competitions that he held in Argentina to announce his brand of tobacco, called "Cigarrillos París". This allows us to display a set of original Modernist posters from 1900 and 1901, by outstanding Catalan artists such as Ramon Casas, Xavier Gosé, along with many other examples from all over Europe and Argentina.

To illustrate this Modernist period, the Museum features an important work of Catalan art: "La càrrega" (The charge, 1899-1903), by Ramon Casas. This large painting with a strong dramatic theme is reminiscent of the turn of the century changes and social tensions linked to industrialisation. The Olot artist Josep Berga Olot, sculptor, illustrator and painter, also worked in the same period.


<p>"Eclosi&oacute;", Miquel Blay, 1905. Marble.&nbsp;</p>
<p><em>"</em>La c&agrave;rrega", Ramon Casas, 1899-1903. Oil on canvas. On loan from the Reina Sof&iacute;a National Art Museum.</p>
"La càrrega"
"La càrrega"
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