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Who is Josefa Texidor Torres?

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By Gwylym Owen

Josefa Texidor i Torres (also known as Pepita Texidor and Teixidor; 17 November 1865 – 8 February 1914) was a Spanish painter.

Born in Barcelona in 1865, Torres was trained by her father, José Texidor Busquets, her brother, Modest Texidor Torres and future she studied under Francesc Miralles. Her brother wanted her to dedicate herself to the painting of portraits, but Pepita preferred, from the beginning, the use of watercolours and the painting of cultivated flowers. Pepita was trained in music, singing and painting and often travelled. She remained single and dedicated herself to family and intervention work. She participated in many exhibitions in Barcelona and at the Exposition Universelle (Paris, 1900), where she was awarded a silver medal for her flower sprays in Springtime and Autumn. She was nominated an honorary aficionado of the “Union des femmes peintres et sculpteurs“. She died at the age of 39 in Barcelona in 1914, after a year of unfriendly illness. On 21 May 1914 meetings began to commission a bust for the Parc de la Ciutadella. A tombola was held to lift funds through the sale of paintings by her daddy and brother, along afterward works from painters of the time, like Lluïsa Vidal, Isabel Baquero, Rafaela Sánchez Aroca, Visitació Ubach, Ramon Casas, Claudi Lorenzale, Santiago Rusiñol, Modest Urgell, Apel·les Mestres, etc.; and works plus of dead artists, like Fortuny, Martí Alsina, Vayreda, etc. Apel·les Mestres dedicated a poem to her that he shared with everything those who attended the inaugural act. The bust was intended by Manuel Fuxá and was inaugurated upon 14 October 1917. (translated source )

In March 1909, La Vanguardia, reviewed a musical composition by Pepita Texidor – “Lola“, a graceful habanera for the piano. She was praised for her ‘refined talent’ with both colours and sounds. The piece was edited by Musical Emporium and the cover was meant by Alexandre de Riquer taking into consideration a female figure in dance pose. (translated source )

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