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Alejandro de Riquer

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Alejandro de Riquer (sometimes also called Alexandre) was a Spanish painter and printmaker whose work was influential in the Art Nouveau genre in the late 19th century. He was also a leading figure in Catalonian modernism. Alejandro de Riquer was born on May 3, 1856 in Calaf to an aristocratic family. His family moved to Béziers, France, and shortly after, in 1873, Alejandro de Riquer attended the Fine Arts School in Toulouse. He completed his education the following year in Barcelona at the La Llotja School. After his formal art education, Alejandro de Riquer traveled around Europe to study the art popular in each location. In England, he encountered the Pre-Raphaelites, who would significantly influence his art in terms of composition and subject matter. His first solo exhibition was in 1890 in Barcelona at the Sala Parés. Alejandro de Riquer’s motifs were often allegorical and focused on birds, flowers, and forests. Art Nouveau stylings typically include curving lines and purposeful asymmetry, as well as decorative, lavish ornamentation, all of which can be seen in de Riquer’s work. Beyond his work in both oil and watercolor painting, he also created designs for books. Alejandro de Riquer also wrote his literature and poetry, which he focused on as Art Nouveau began to fall out of style in the early 20th century. He died in 1920.

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