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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
modernist artists including Picasso and Juan Gris.
Gris introduced him to Magali Tartanson, who became Gargallo's wife in
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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