El archivo fotográfico del modelo
Size: 16x23 cm
The last great mural painter, the last aesthete of religious art.
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The exceptional photographs shown here for the first time help us to understand the surprising system Josep M. Sert used to produce images. Sert, a Catalan in Paris, the last great mural painter, the last aesthete of religious art, and the last painter of the prophane universal allegories. And just like this, the last greatest painter of the 20th century falled into disgrace, from fame to oblivion.
Sert use the technique of photography of facilitate his study of forms for his painting. It also known that he was a photography collector and he was often equipped with a camera.
The photographic archives of the artist, which belonged to his model Léonard Mancini, reveals to us the enormous work that he was developing in his studio. Mancini himself, besides acting as his model, was his assistant in the photography laboratory, in the carpentry, and in the preparation and finishing of his paintings.
Sert was born and died in Barcelona (1874-1945), but his artistic life blossomed in Paris, the world´s centre for painting at the time. Beginning in 1900 it was there where he established his workshop and developed into one of the most highly sought-after painters of his time, as well as one of the great European muralists of the 20th. His open character, prodigious scholary and aesthetic knowledge and his complex personality all combined to make him a relevant personality in the "great world" of the first half of the century, as well as a frequenter of the artistic circles of the time.
In his studio he was performing the wieldy task of experimentation and metamorphosis to carry out his idea of integrating painting and architecture, as well as the renewal of the art of the mural.