Pablo Gargallo

Pablo Emilio Gargallo ( born January 5, 1881 in Maella, Zaragoza; † 28 December 1934 in Reus, Tarragona Province) was a Spanish sculptor and painter. He is considered one of the most important artists of the avant-garde Aragonese.


In 1888, Pablo Gargallo moved with his family from Maella to Barcelona, ​​where he finished an unpaid sculptor teaching. In evening courses to improve his knowledge of characters. In 1898 Gargallo took part in a first collective exhibition in Barcelona. In 1900 he was a student at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona La Lotja. From this school he received a travel grant in 1902 to Paris, which he assumed in October 1903.

In 1904 he was awarded the contract for the sculpture design, both the indoor and the outdoor area for the new Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona. In 1908, he was also responsible for the sculptures inside the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Both ensembles are now a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Later he went to France, where he lived a long time in the Montparnasse district of Paris. Gargallo, the artist colony closed in Bateau Lavoir with Max Jacob, Juan Gris and other starving artists, including Pablo Picasso, at. By Gris Gargallo learned the artist and model Magali Tartanson, whom he married in 1915. Among his works are three sculptures by the Swedish film actress Greta Garbo to find, also a sculpture made of copper sheet from 1926 Bacchante.

The city of Barcelona commissioned him in 1927, in preparation for the 1929 World's Fair, with the production of three sculptures for the Placa de Catalunya. In 1929 Gargallo for the stadium in Montjuich four sculptures ago, also two chariots made ​​of artificial stone and two riders with Olympic greeting from bronze, which are at the Palacio de la Virreina in Barcelona today. Copies of the statues are erected in the courtyard of the Museo Gargallo in Zaragoza.

In 1932 he took part in an exhibition Iberian artists in the gallery Flechtheim in Berlin, as well as an exhibition in the gallery Brummer in New York City.

Pablo Gargallo died on 28 December 1934 in Reus from the effects of pneumonia.

Community exhibitions

  • Iron sculpture from Spain, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Bochum Museum, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin.