This is Eugenio Granell

By Gwylym Owen

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Eugenio Fernández Granell (28 November 1912 – 24 October 2001), recognised as the last Spanish Surrealist, was an artist, professor, musician and writer.

As a political protester in the upfront 20th century, Granell was characterised by his outspoken retain of Democratic Socialism and antagonist to Totalitarianism. Eugenio joined the Trotskyists during his military encouragement and eventually became a prominent supporter of POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista / Worker’s Party of Marxist Unification) in 1935.

Following the Civil War, Granell fled to France where he was interned in combination camps however after having escaped, Eugenio then sought exile in the Americas.

As a Surrealist Artist, Eugenio’s show is principally characterised by its proficient and radiant colours that study nature and the original symbolism of the Americas. His most famous works include Autorretrato (1944), Elegía por Andrés Nin (1991) as capably as Crónica de los fiscales de los años horrendos (1986). Granell’s take action has been incorporated into exhibitions in the Maeght Gallery, the Bodley Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art as well as The Museum of Contemporary Art alongside other Surrealists such as André Breton and Marcel Duchamp.

Granell as a consequence dedicated himself as a poet, essayist and novelist, publishing 15 books in all. Some his first, and most prominent works, include ‘El hombre Verde’ (The Green Man, 1944) and ‘Lo que sucedió’ (What Occurred), a autograph album he illustrated and expected himself which won Mexico’s Don Quijote novel prize in 1969. From the mid-1960s until retirement, he was professor of Spanish literature at Brooklyn College.

The Eugenio Granell Foundation was inaugurated in 1995 to conserve the simulation and decree of the performer with an broad collection of his oils, drawings, constructions, collages and archives. The museum also dedicates itself to the preservation of additional Surrealists such as Joan Miró, Wifredo Lam, José Caballero, William Copley, Esteban Francés, Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.

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