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Ignasi Mallol Casanovas

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Ignasi Mallol Casanovas (1892-1940) was a Spanish painter and educator. Born in Tarragona, Mallol and his family moved to Barcelona in 1903, where he studied at the academies of Martínez i Altés and Joan Baixas, as well as the Galí School of Art. He traveled to Paris in 1911 with fellow artists Francesc Vayreda, Domènec Carles and Esteve Mongal. From 1916 to 1917, he was put in charge of a private academy of fine art in Barcelona, following the departure of the previous director. He settled in Olot in 1917 and became one of the foremost representatives of the Olot School. As a member of the Les Arts i els Artistes, he often showed his atmospheric landscapes at the organization’s official exhibitions. In the late 1920’s, he decided to paint the countryside and coast of Tarragona, his hometown. Along with Joan Rebull, he was made director of the Tarragona Workshop-School of Painting and Sculpture when it was founded by the city in 1934. The school is still considered one of the most successful attempts to create artistic education in Catalonia. In 1939, with the end of the Spanish Civil War and rise of the Franco dictorship, Mallol went into exile. Ignasi Mallol Casanovas died shortly after in Colombia.

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