The exhibition Anglada-Camarasa. Arabesque and seduction, curated by Silvia Pizarro and Lourdes Moreno, will focus on the depiction of women and the female form in the work of Anglada-Camarasa (Barcelona, 1871 – Port de Pollença, 1959) through a carefully selected group of works, most of which have been loaned from the Colección Anglada-Camarasa of the Fundación “la Caixa” in Palma de Mallorca.
The female figure was one of the principal themes in the oeuvre of this Catalan artist. During his early years in Paris, when he was still to some extent influenced by his teachers, Anglada-Camarasa depicted female figures with a considerable degree of Symbolism. However, he rapidly evolved towards a more personal and highly individual style in which light and areas of paint gave form to vaporous, ethereal figures from the world of Parisian night-life. In addition, his scenes of gypsy dancing allowed him to deploy a dynamic expressivity and to focus on his interest in the depiction of the human form, which remained an ongoing preoccupation throughout his career. From 1910 onwards Anglada-Camarasa’s female figures were of a different type: elegant, static and looking directly at the viewer, a format that allowed him to lovingly depict the beauty and decorative nature of their clothes. He settled in Mallorca, once again resulting in a change in his style and new female types, set in the landscapes of Mallorca that so captivated him or surrounded by flowers in the manner of a stage set. He also continued to paint his energetic compositions of gypsy women dancing, a subject that appealed to him throughout his life.