Female kaleidoscope

Women, object and attraction in
Anglada-Camarasa’s work

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Hermen Anglada-Camarasa

(Barcelona, 1871 – Port de Pollença, 1959)

Author unknown. Photograph of Hermen
Anglada-Camarasa, c. 1917
Anglada-Camarasa family archive, Port de Pollença

Hermen Anglada-Camarasa (Barcelona, 1871 – Port de Pollença, 1959) is considered the Catalan painter with the most international outreach prior to the avant-gardes. A member of the second Modernist generation in Catalonia and an outstanding representative of postimpressionism, he studied with the masters Modest Urgell and Tomàs Moragas before moving to Paris to further his training in 1894. In the French capital, he was fascinated by the innovative electric lights and Parisian women and began to portray nightlife scenes in the worldly, elegant Paris, focusing on portraits of high-end prostitutes. He made a second sojourn in the city in 1897, which lasted until 1914. The Great War caused him to move to Port de Pollença in Mallorca, where he spent the rest of his life, with just a few hiatuses.

Anglada is known as a landscape painter, but especially for his depictions of women, most of which he painted during the years he lived in Paris: from Parisian courtesans to gypsies, folkloric Spanish women (from Valencia, Andalusia and Madrid) to portraits of madames and aristocrats. These female figures take on different forms, characteristics and names and become the reflection of the ideologies and beliefs typical of a patriarchal society that emphasises the differences between genders, social classes and ethnic groups. The social privileges favoured white men from the ruling class and led them to steer the world of art, turning women into mere objects of representation and silencing the creations of some female artists who wanted to carve a niche for themselves in this profession.

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Area 1
The early women

Area 2
The Parisian courtesan

Area 3
Gypsy women

Area 4
Spanish folkloric women

Area 5
Portraits

Female kaleidoscope

Women, object and attraction in Anglada-Camarasa’s work

Virtual exhibition

Museu d’Art de Girona

Organization and production:
Museu d’Art de Girona
(Agència Catalana del Patrimoni Cultural)
Directorship:
Carme Clusellas
Curatorship:
Cristina Ribot
Curatorship Anglada Camarasa Year:
Francesc Fontbona
Bernat Puigdollers
Coordination:
Aurèlia Carbonell
Cristina Ribot
Graphic and exhibition design:
aeiou – estudi creatiu
3D and level design:
groc studio
Website layout:
Joan López – Foster the market

Photographs:
ABANCA Art Collection
Anglada Camarasa Collection. Fundació “la Caixa”
Anglada-Camarasa family archive, Port de Pollença
Ars Casacuberta Marsans, Barcelona
Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer. Vilanova i la Geltrú
Biblioteca Nacional de España
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
Llort family archive
Look and Learn
Municipal Archive of Pollença
Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias. Pedro Masaveu Collection
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía image archive
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museu de Montserrat
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona (2022)
The Print Collector / Heritage Images / Alamy
Wikimedia Commons
VEGAP Image bank
815 Gallery, Kansas City
© Anglada Camarasa, VEGAP, Girona, 2022
© Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
© Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Language consulting and translations:
Incyta – Serveis Lingüístics
Press and communication:
Àngels Miralles. Tramoia Produccions Culturals
With thanks to:
Joan Toni Alemany, Beatriz Anglada-Camarasa, Nimfa Bisbe, Sílvia Borau, Dora Brucas, Marta Calvo, Fernando Casacuberta, Diego Cascón, Pilar Cuerva, Francesc Fontbona, Ana Gallego, Nadia Hernández, Paula Lafuente, Gemma López, Adriana Marin, Jozef Marlow, Miquel Marzal, Montse Mur, Montse Palomar (Provincial Deputation of Barcelona), Mar Pérez, Gabriel Pinós (Gothsland Gallery), Silvia Pizarro, Bernat Puigdollers, Jordi Pujol, María Rivas, Sandra Rosas, Mireia Rosich, Esteve Serra, Alicia Serrano, Concepción Suárez and Cristina Vila.

Directorship:
Carme Clusellas
Technical team:
Elena Boix
Aurèlia Carbonell
Carme Martinell
Antoni Monturiol
Administration office:
Adriana Cle
Dori Mesa
Maintenance:
Josep Clusells
Customer service:
Teresa Herms
Pilar Ramírez
Pere Romans
Íngrid Salvi
Communication:
Àngels Miralles. Tramoia Produccions Culturals
Activities and education:
Marta Grassot and Anna Llosas. Punt de fuga

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