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Pere Borrell del Caso: 20 cool facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Pere Borrell del Caso (13 December 1835, in Puigcerdà – 16 May 1910, in Barcelona) was a Spanish painter, illustrator and engraver, known for his trompe-l’œil paintings; especially Escaping Criticism (1874).

His dad was a cabinetmaker who taught that craft to Borrell. It was by this means that he was skilled to maintain his studies at the School of Fine Arts.

He with painted portraits, which made happening the bulk of his work, and created religious murals in the Nazarene style in Barcelona, Girona and Castellar del Vallès. These, however, were anything destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

He exhibited throughout Spain and at the 1878 Exposition Universelle. He was twice offered a professorship at the Escola de la Llotja, but preferred to teach at his own private art school. Those who studied there or were influenced by his accomplishment include Romà Ribera, Ricard Canals, Adrià Gual and Josep Maria Sert. His children, Julio and Ramón, both became painters of some note.

Puigcerdà’s local tall school has been named the “Institut Pere Borrell” in his honour. A street there bears his name as well.

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