Nadal, Carlos: Palacete de San Juan
Artist: Carlos Nadal (1917-1998)
Title and date: Palacete de San Juan, 1981
Size of picture: 45.0 x 55.5 cms.
Description: a colourful limited edition lithograph in Carlos Nadal’s typically lively style, signed and numbered 135 of 150.
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Carlos Nadal was born in Paris but in 1921 his family moved to Barcelona. His father was a commercial artist and introduced his son to art and artists such as Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy and Maurice Utrillo. His art training came from both his father and by attending art school, and he continued his art education throughout his life.He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Senior Fine Art Academy of St George in Barcelona. He was conscripted into the Spanish Republican Army and fought in the Spanish Civil War, including imprisonment and escape from a concentration camp.
Nadal was heavily influenced by Matisse and George Braque. His work is of the Fauvist style and incorporates wild colours, bold lines and unusual perspectives; his early work captured scenes in Spain or Belgium. He held his first solo exhibition at La Pinacoteca in Barcelona in 1942.
Once Carlos Nadal became established, he travelled and expanded his subjects to include interiors as well as leisure scenes of coastal towns. By the 1960s, Nadal’s paintings were in great demand and exhibited throughout Europe. While abstraction soon became the fashion in art, Carlos Nadal never left his Fauvist roots. Today his works are still highly prized by collectors and museums around the world.