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Portrait of the Painter Étienne Terrus

3C. The years at Céret and Perpignan

3C. The years at Céret and Perpignan

Manolo Hugué (Barcelona, 1872 - Caldes de Montbui, 1945)

Portrait of the Painter Étienne Terrus

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Gouache on paper

Museu Thermalia, Caldes de Montbui (Barcelona)

In 1919, after the Great War, Violet sold his Sant Martí studio in Prades and purchased a property in Céret, where he set up a ceramics atelier and kiln which he named Sant Joan and which he closed at the beginning of World War II. In Céret, Violet was often visited by sculptor Manolo Hugué during his second sojourn in the capital of Vallespir and he maintained close ties also with his great friend, composer Déodat de Séverac. During the 1920s the sculptor undertook new projects, such as his works in embossed copper sheeting, assisted by the Catalan sculptor Miquel Paredes. In 1924 a number of his works in this technique were put on show at the Sala Dalmau, Barcelona. Miquel Paredes collaborated with Violet in the execution in copper of several reliefs for the monuments to those who had perished in World War I. During this time the sculptor also set up a ceramics and decorative elements business and, later, an artistic wrought-iron forge. His assistants and collaborators from this period include the Lleida sculptor Josep Biosca i Biosca, who worked with Violet in Céret and Marcel Gili in Perpignan. Fleeing from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, ceramist Llorens Artigas took refuge in Céret, where he shared a kiln with the sculptor.

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