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Ramón Casas

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Ramón Casas (1866-1932) was a Catalan painter at the forefront of Catalan modernism and art. Born in Barcelona to an elite family of manufacturers, he traveled to Paris at fifteen years old to train under Duran Carolus. He later studied in Granada and Madrid, completing his art education in 1885. He then returned to Barcelona, where he painted portraits and scenes with a modernist quality. An active member of his local arts scene, he became a tenant of Cau Ferrat and exhibited his work at the first and third Modernista festivals. From 1899 to 1903, he and fellow artist Miquel Utrillo launched Pèl & Ploma magazine, an incredibly significant publication for Catalan modernism. In 1905, Casas relocated to Madrid, where he received a commission to paint the King of Spain’s portrait. He traveled throughout Spain and Europe from 1908 to 1921 before returning to Madrid to focus on exhibiting his work.

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