Monday, April 4, 2022

Portrait Drawings by Ramon Casas

Ramon Casas (1866-1932), Wikipedia entry here, was a leading Barcelona painter and illustrator.   Better at drawing than Picasso, in my opinion. 

Today's post features some portrait drawings made by Casas.  They are not dated, but might have been made in the early 1900s.  Note how he captures personalities.


Gonzalo Bilbao

Jaume Brossa

Joaquim Malats

Joaquim Salvatella
Note the touches of white paint on most of these images.

Josep Clara
The focus is on the face, the rest becomes sketchy.

Pablo Picasso
Probably in his early 20s.  Casas adds some background here, unlike the other drawings.  It suggests Paris' Montmartre more than Barcelona.  The artists spent time in both cites in the early 1900s.

Self-portrait - 1908

Júlia Peraire
She was Casas' model, mistress and (later) wife.

A sketch, perhaps as preliminary study for a poster.

This might also be Júlia.


Anonymous said...

Not a comment specific to this post, but I just wanted to let you know that over the course of a week or so, I've worked my way through all 560+ of your blog postings tagged "painters". I've encountered numerous very interesting artists I didn't know before, and really appreciate the work you've put in creating these pages! It's easy to encounter "big name" artists' work in museums and art books, but discovering 2nd or 3rd tier (at least in terms of fame) artists, whose work is still very worthwhile is harder - your blog has done a great job of this. The area you seem most interested in - the "grey zone" transition from more traditional 19th century styles to full blown-modernism - is also inherently fascinating. All the best, and I hope you keep posting!

Donald Pittenger said...

Unknown -- Thank you for your comment -- much appreciated. Indeed I tend to feature painters from 1860-1920 that were ignored in my college art history class of many years ago.