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Emilio Grau-Sala

 (1911 - 1975)
Emilio Grau-Sala was active/lived in Spain, France.  Emilio GrauSala is known for abstract florals-still life, figure and genre painting, stage design, illustration.

Emilio Grau-Sala

Biography from Auctionata

Emilio Grau Sala was born in Barcelona in 1911 as the son of a painter and attended the Escuela de Bellas Artes in his hometown.  In 1930 he held his first exhibition.

During the Spanish Civil War, the artist emigrated to Paris.  Here he was influenced by Impressionism and artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall or Raoul Dufy and exhibited in the Salon du Printemps.  He also created illustrations for writings such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Les Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire or Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant, as well as posters and lithographs.

In 1963 Grau Sala returned to Barcelona.  The artist passed away in 1975.  His multi-faceted and comprehensive oeuvre, which was only rediscovered in the 1990s, includes interiors, scenes on the racecourse as well as circus and summery motifs in the park or garden. 

Biography from Schiller & Bodo European Paintings
A School of Paris painter who never abandoned lyrical figurative and landscape subjects, Emilio Grau-Sala was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Fine Arts in his native town.  Beginning his public career in 1929, he moved to Paris in 1932 and exhibited at the Salon du Printemps.

His lively and graceful street scenes, circus rings and interiors accorded well with current sensibilities in the Parisian art center, and Grau-Sala quickly gained an international reputation.  In 1937 he was awarded a Carnegie prize in Pittsburgh, and his regular exhibitions in the United States made him as sought-after overseas as he was in Europe.

In addition to his work as a painter, Grau-Sala was also recognized as an important illustrator, decorator, and pastel painter, illustrating numerous fine editions of volumes by authors such as Flaubert, Baudelaire, and Maupassant.

Leisure, entertainment, and elegant domesticity are Grau Sala's most frequently treated themes: people conversing at the racetrack or circus, splendid parties, or domestic scenes in well-appointed interiors.  He depicted his pleasant scenes with an intense, broken color and sparkling, impastic surface heighten the joyous quality so typical of his work.

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About  Emilio Grau-Sala

Born:  1911 - Barcelona, Spain
Died:   1975 - Barcelona, Spain
Known for:  abstract florals-still life, figure and genre painting, stage design, illustration