The Mediterranean as the Primitive Source for Noucentisme: Joaquín Torres-García's 'Classical Primitivism' - from Arcadian Frescoes to Constructive Universalism

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Abstract

This paper explores the place of the Mediterranean as the main source of primitive references for modern art in the noucentista art scene of Catalonia (Spain) in the early 20th century. It does so by focusing on the case of Joaquín Torres-García, a leading figure of the movement and advocate for the modernisation of mural painting. The discussion considers the noucentista conflation of the notions of classical and primitive, examines how it finds expression in Torres-García’s controversial frescoes for the seat of the regional government, and posits its relevance to the Constructive Universalism pictorial idiom developed by the artist in the late 1920s.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)61-70
Number of pages9
JournalArtl@s Bulletin
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Primitivism
  • Iberian modernisms
  • Joaquín Torres-García
  • Noucentisme
  • Mural painting
  • Classicism

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