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From October 5th to November 25th 2012

(Olor, Girona, 1914 – Toulouse, Francia, 1947). Vallmajó, a self-taught artist, was born in Olot, where may met his famous landscape school, with a natural spirit, and soon moved to Barcelona, where frequented vanguardists and cubists, impregnated by the “Els Quatre Gats” spirit. It’s not much known about those beginning years but their authentic passion for painting. The Civil war surprised him in Madrid; working in propagandistic tasks for the republic case and soon get integrated in Federación de Anarquistas Ibéricos. Exiled in 1939, was able to arrive to Paris passing by prisoner camps Arglés-sur-Mer. There, He met key people for his trajectory: other painters in exiled, the writer Jaime Sabartés and, most of all, Picasso. They exchange portraits, and Picasso helped him to dig deeply into painting and may he suggest him some changes for his evolution. In Paris, He began the formal search of an analytic cubism which soon turned into an analysis about geometric abstraction. He never stop being a sober artist, not much friend of tricks, aspirating to essentiality. Being influenced by vanguardism, and knowing the artworks from Malevich, Kandisnky or Mondrian. In those years he will show his neocubism work fro the very first time in the “Exposición de Pintores de la Espña libre” exhibition, at Castelucho de París gallery. Nevertheless, it was an ill creator, lacking of resources, who travel city by city. The II World War crash made him to leave the capital. He went over Colliure and Vermeille and finally, settle down Toulouse, where he finally display his two series “Naturalezas muertas” and “Paisajes del Mediterráeo”. He died at the edge of 33, killed by tuberculosis. He left, inside of a barn, around one hundred pieces in almost every kind of support: sheets, blankets, oils, papers, wood boards and cardboard. This production was the register of an artist, the strokes, symbols and the objects of a creator who dead too soon. Currently, It is represented in the Museo Patio Herreriano of Valladolid and the Museu Memorial de l’Exili de la Jonquera (Girona), among other collections.

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