Ramon Casas i Carbó, "At the Moulin De La Galette or La Madeleine", Oil on Canvas, 1892
This striking painting, "At the Moulin De La Galette or La Madeleine", by Ramon Casas i Carbó, was completed in 1892. Casas was a Spanish painter, born in Barcelona in 1866. He was known for his portraits of the wealthy and elite. He painted "crowd scenes ranging from the audience at a bullfight to the assembly for an execution to rioters in the Barcelona streets" and in 1904 he won the grand prize for the painting, "The Charge or Barcelona" at the General Exposition in Madrid. Casas worked as a graphic designer and with his posters and cards helped to define the Catalan cultural art movement, modernisme, considered to be the Catalan equivalent of Art Nouveau. His "Self-Portrait as a Flamenco Dancer", completed in 1883 at age 22, won him an invitation as a member of the salon of the Societé d'artistes françaises. Casas studied for a short time with Charles Auguste Émile Durand, known as Carolus-Duran at his academy in Paris and later at the Gervex Academy under French painter, Henri Gervex. During the 1890's the artist began to paint interiors which always included a female figure. He died at his home in Barcelona in 1932 at the age of 66.
Leslie Lienau is the founder and principal instructor at the Oklahoma Academy of Classical Art, formerly The Conservatory for Classical. Thanks for reading - hope you enjoy!
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