Josep Borrell Nicolau
October 21, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Bernat Puigdollers
Sculptor Joan Borrell Nicolau (Barcelona, 1888-1951) is one of the relevant sculptors of the first half of the twentieth century. Formed in Llotja and in the workshop of the brothers Vallmitjana and Enric Clarasó, he cultivated a sculpture based on noucentisme movement. Inspired by classical Greece and Renaissance sculpture, he immediately had a good acceptance by the public and criticism. He carried out several public commissions that are located in Mallorca and throughout the Catalan territory, including the monument to Jacint Verdaguer at Barcelona’s Diagonal Avenue. Through the representation of the female figure, the central theme of most of his sculptural production, he created an unmistakable and characteristic ideal canon of strong and robust women. But he certainly excelled especially as a portraitist with works of great vigor and fidelity, coveted until the postwar years.
Through these great thematic axes –women, portraiture and public sculpture– this exhibition aims to explain and deepen the early years of Borrell’s artistic career, from its beginnings to the outbreak of the Civil War. Throughout the last years the work of Borrell Nicolau has been recovered and studied with depth. With this exhibition we want to contribute to putting in value and disseminating the work of one of the most unique sculptors and, still today, little divulged, in our art history.