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Ambit 1 HISTORY OF A MODERN CLASSICISM, 1905-1914

Joaquim Torres-García (Montevideo, 1874 – 1949)

Allegorical Composition (Greek Catalonia), 1915

Oil on canvas

Col·lecció Fundació Palau, Caldes d'Estrac

The New Realism(s) in Catalonia find their models in the very first Cubism and in the concepts of primitivism and Mediterraneanism of the early 20th century, which became the defining pillars of Noucentisme.

Artists like Joaquim Torres-García, Aristides Maillol or Joaquim Sunyer marked the return to the roots of Mediterranean and classical culture. At the same time, the presence of Cubism in Catalonia with the exhibition at Galeries Dalmau in 1912 is understood as a plastic renovation of that initial Mediterranean classicism.

And so, Mediterranean aesthetics and the formal speculation of Cubism were a part of the essence of this renewed classicism.

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