Josep Amat i Pagès (Spanish 1901-1991): '"Marineros" c.1945
Oil on linen, signed "Amat" lower right.
Provenance: Sala Pares Gallery,Est.1840, Barcelona, label verso, Private Collection, NYC. Josep Amat Pagès (1901-1991) is known for his Impressionist landscapes that exhibit a strong influence of Fauvism. Amat painted several views of the beach at Sant Feliu de GuÍxols in his home community of Catalonia, and Marineros - The Beach likely depicts the same locale.
Amat studied at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios and Escuela de la Llotja in Barcelona and honed his style under the tutelage of landscape painters Antoni Ros i Güell and Joaquin Mir. Both Ros i Güell and Mir belonged to a movement among Catalan artists now known as Modernisme. A trend in both arts and architecture, Modernisme sought to celebrate unique aspects of Catalan culture but also displayed an affinity with concurrent movements in Paris. Mir’s painting were distinguished by their colors, and the Fauvist palette of Amat’s works, including Marineros, show the influence of his teacher.
Amat painted little during the Spanish Civil War, but his work in the years following the war, the period to which Marineros belongs, was met with critical acclaim. His paintings won prizes at the Exposiciones Nacionales de Bellas Artes in Madrid and Barcelona and the American Art Biennials in Madrid and Havana.
In 1997, Barcelona dedicated a park to the artist, Jardins de Josep Amat, near his former home. Today, his art is in the collections of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Fundación Amyc.