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Xavier Nogues

Xavier Nogués i Casas
(Barcelona, ​​1873-1940) was a painter, draftsman, printmaker, ceramicist and ninotaire Catalan. Often using the pseudonym Babel.

Pere Borrell del Caso disciple, went to Paris studying at the Academy Colarossi where he met and stablished friendship with with Alexandre de Cabanyes. Member of the group "El Rovell de l'Ou", period where he created his "Auca de l'aplec de Sant Medí", though it took a while to achieve genuine popularity among the public, which happened in part as an illustrator of the famous magazine "Papitu" (1908), where he signed his drawings with a motto, as "Babel," and also collaborated on other publications such as "Cuca-fera", "Picarol", "D'Ací i d'allà" or the magazine "Nova".

He was the creator of a distinctive and peculiar characters between pathetic and tender, with a personal style. Drawing two key works of graphic humor Catalan: 50 Dolls and The Picturesque Catalonia.

As a painter stands out for his satirical mural in Barcelona in the cellar of the Laietanes Galleries (now mostly preserved in the museum), which made room for the collector and industrial Plandiura Louis, the home of the Bank of the street Barcelona, ​​the most sober of the mayor's office in the House of the City, made following the International Exhibition of 1929.

Artist comprehensive, it also cultivated the costume. In this particular field are the designs for the premiere of the opera The giravolt May, Edward and Joseph Toldrà Carner, magnificent example of the survival of the spirit in nineteenth-century dictatorship of Primo de Rivera.

He was a member of the Catalan Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi.

Professor recorded in Barcelona and Olot, also left a treatise published in the volume lithography Xavier Nogués and its circumstances, written by Salvador Espriu.

Figure outstanding Noucentisme, contributed a special irony that visually translates into a personal expressionism, which sometimes may have some points of contact of a George Grosz. This makes his style more skeptical version of Noucentisme plastic.

Francesc Pujols and Feliu Elias (under the pseudonym John sacks) will each devoted a monograph, although it is the most comprehensive published Raphael Benedict since the war, and its activity as a writer has been studied extensively by James Plan. The specialist on the work of art is Cecilia Vidal Xavier Nogués, perpetual secretary of the Fundación Xavier Nogués, which seeks to promote the name of the artist, writers awards, promotes Nogués and limited editions on the art of engraving and becomes singular works the same for deposit in the museums of the country.