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Joaquim Sunyer: 14 cool facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Joaquim Sunyer (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuaˈkim suˈɲe]) (Sitges, 1874–1956) was a Catalan painter often similar to the Noucentisme movement.

He began his artistic education following his uncle, Joaquim Mir, later distressing to Barcelona where his fellow students included Joaquín Torres García, Isidro Nonell, and Joaquin Mir Trinxet. In 1896 he moved to Paris, where he became acquainted later than the neo-impressionist hobby and worked extensively in the style. His paintings of this period count street scenes of working-class life. He after that produced graphic works influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec and Théophile Steinlen that heighten urban night dynamism and urban poverty. He was associates with Picasso, and in the first years of the 20th century the two artists’ work were thesame in style and subject.

In 1908, Sunyer turned away from Parisian subject event in favor of the themes that would occupy him for the settle of his life, especially nudes in pastoral landscapes, family scenes, women, and children. He returned to Spain in 1911, establishing himself in his hometown of Sitges. There he painted numerous landscape paintings in which he highlights his preoccupation behind capturing the Mediterranean blithe through the use of certainly light colours marking a clear fracture with his darker paintings executed in Paris. His compositions are noted as an example of balance, though sacrificing highbrow perfection for the pro of a more intense evocative power.

He was an important influence upon younger Catalan artists such as Miro.

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