(No) Laughing Matter: Modernism and Xavier Nogues' Cartoons

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This paper discusses the notion of modernism by relating it to three artistic movements - Modernisme, Noucentisme and the Avant-garde - which developed in Catalonia between the 1880s and the early 1920s. From a common commitment to modernity these three movements produced, nonetheless, widely different aesthetic proposals. Notwithstanding their differences, this paper identifies common features in their artistic practices in order to contribute to the ongoing critical review of modernism. Thus, rather than a self-referential, medium-specific quest with abstraction as a natural endpoint, modernism is presented here as an open, interrogative artistic practice engaged in a debate in pursuit of 'the modern'. This understanding of modernism is then tested against the case of Xavier Nogues, an artist associated with Noucentisme, and his contribution to the artistic debate of his time through the necessarily figurative language of caricature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0134
Pages (from-to)online
Number of pages28
JournalRIHA Journal
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016


  • 20th Century
  • Drawings
  • Prints
  • Decorative Arts
  • Design
  • Painting


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