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Ambit 2. In search of new figurations, 1917-1936

La Farigola Gully, Jaume Mercadé Queralt (Valls, 1889 – Barcelona, 1967), 1923. Oil on canvas. Museu de Valls. 

La Farigola Gully, Jaume Mercadé Queralt (Valls, 1889 – Barcelona, 1967), 1923. Oil on canvas. Museu de Valls. 

In 1917, there are several events that mark the end of an era: globally, the First World War wages on and the Russian Revolution breaks out, as well as an important crisis within the Spanish government.

In Catalonia, the death of Enric Prat de la Riba, the main driving force behind the cultural program of Noucentisme, takes place. Social conflicts grow worse and strikes occur, one after another. This is also the year of the great Exhibition of French Art, of Pablo Picasso's visit from the Ballets Russes on the occasion of the premiere of Parade in Barcelona, and of the publication of Torres-García’s manifesto, Art-Evolution. On the other hand, due to First World War, Barcelona is full of foreign artist refugees, many of which are prominent avant-gardists.

All these factors cause the idealism of the agave and the swallow in Noucentisme to fade away, and a series of new creators assemble in new groups, such as Els Evolucionistes or Els courbets, in search of a new reality.

Moreover, the works by Feliu Elias seek to capture "pure reality" and reveal the strange and sinister, expressing the malaise of the 20th century.

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Ambit 2  IN SEARCH OF NEW FIGURATIONS, 1917-1936
Ambit 2 IN SEARCH OF NEW FIGU...
Ambit 2 IN SEARCH OF NEW FIGURATIONS, 1917-1936
Francesc Vayreda
Francesc Vayreda
Francesc Vayreda
Tennis Player, Ramon de Capmany i de Montaner
Tennis Player, Ramon de Capman...
Tennis Player, Ramon de Capmany i de Montaner
<p><strong>Feliu Elias i Bracons</strong> (Barcelona, 1878-1948)</p>
<p><em>The Gallery,</em> 1928</p>
<p>Oil on wood</p>
<p>MNAC - Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona</p>
Feliu Elias
Feliu Elias
Cleaning, Feliu Elias
Cleaning, Feliu Elias
Cleaning, Feliu Elias
<p><strong>Enric Crist&ograve;fol Ricart i Nin</strong> (Vilanova I la Geltr&uacute;, 1893-1960)</p>
<p><em>The Porch,</em> 1918</p>
<p>Oil on canvas</p>
<p>Biblioteca Museu V&iacute;ctor Balaguer, Vilanova i la Geltr&uacute;</p>
Enric Cristòfol Ricart
Enric Cristòfol Ricart
<p><strong>Francesc Domingo Segura</strong> (Barcelona, 1893 &ndash; Sao Paulo, Brasil, 1974)</p>
<p><em> The Gamblers,</em> 1920</p>
<p>Oil on canvas</p>
<p>MNAC - Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona</p>
The gamblers, Francesc Domingo
The gamblers, Francesc Domingo
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