Spanish Artist (1893 - 1965)
Oil on canvas
18 x 21.5 in.
Pedro Creixams, Anais Bonnel, Ecole du Louvre, Paris, 2006.
After having finished his artistic studies in Barcelona, Creixams decided to pursue a theatrical career in Paris in 1918, where he started working as a typographer. In 1921, he switched to painting and started to exhibit his paintings at the Salons d Automne, des Independants and des Tuileries in Paris. He soon adopted Paris as his home, and rubbed shoulders with artists from Eastern Europe, Russia and the Mediterranean countries who were either fleeing religious and political persecution at home, or wanted to be in the cultural and artistic capital of the world at that time. He was also a successful illustrator, working with major writers and poets like Charles Baudelaire.
He was introduced to Paul Guillaume, the most important art dealer in France at the time, who exhibited his work alongside that of Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani and Vlaminck. More recently, Creixams work was displayed in two major exhibitions in Perpignan, France in 2012 as well as at the Sorbonne University in Paris in 2011.
Creixams chose to depict primarily themes with Spanish motifs in his paintings, such as women with fans, harlequins and gypsies, acrobats and guitarists whom he painted in broad brushstrokes of vivid hues. His work is very painterly, and his use of bold color contrasts heightens the emotional content of his compositions.