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Pablo Gargallo

 (1881 - 1934)
Pablo Gargallo was active/lived in Spain, France.  Pablo Gargallo is known for avant-garde sculpture-cubism and expressionism.

Pablo Gargallo

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From Spain, Pablo Gargallo is known for his innovative approach to sculpture, which was creating three-dimensional works from flat metal plate and from paper and cardboard.  Other mediums were the more traditional bronze and marble.  His subjects included abstract figure and equestrians, and his styles embraced Expressionsism, Art Nouveau and Cubism.  Models included Pablo Picasso, whose head he sculpted, and the actress, Greta Garbo, which resulted in three pieces.

In 1912, Gargallo moved to Paris where he spent much time in the Montparnasse Quarter, where he had lived earlier in 1903, and had begun associating with modernist artists including Picasso and Juan Gris.   Gris introduced him to Magali Tartanson, who became Gargallo's wife in 1915.

Much influenced by the revolutionary ideas of the French art world, he returned to Barcelona and created abstract sculpture in cut metal.  In 1924, he returned to Paris.

His avant-garde work was exhibited in the 1929 World's Fair in Barcelona.

Pablo Gargallo died in 1934 at age fifty three from bronchial pneumonia.  A museum dedicated to his work opened in 1985 in Zaragoza, Spain in the former Argillo Palace.

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About  Pablo Gargallo

Born:  1881 - Maella, Zaragoza, Spain
Died:   1934 - Reus, Tarragona, Spain
Known for:  avant-garde sculpture-cubism and expressionism