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 Juan Barjola



Juan Barjola       Pages: 1

(Spanish, 1919-2004). Spanish painter. He moved to Madrid in 1940 to study at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, but did not hold his first one-man exhibition until 1957. In 1960 he went to live in Paris with the help of a grant from the Fundación Juan March and won the Premio de la Crítica del Ateneo for a series of figurative works. Referring to his work as ‘subjective expressionism’, he used dramatic and ironic images that sometimes verged on Surrealism but that in their content displayed a concern with the human condition and with social and political issues; in 1970, for example, he exhibited works that denounced war and poverty in a style that was more surrealist than expressionist. A good example from this period is Execution (‘Fusilamiento’, 1968; Gijón, Fund. Barjola). He remained faithful in later years to such subject-matter but introduced more complicated principles of composition and a more restrained colouring, as in Consumer Society (1980; Gijón, Fund. Barjola).


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