Since its inception, the Foundation aimed to promote and disseminate the Fine Arts. Based on that premise, the Foundation has been focused on recalling the paintings of artists from Mallorca or residents on the island since the nineteenth and early twentieth century. And not only the most prominent of them, but also of those artists whose work had been forgotten for various reasons or because they were little known.
The Barceló Foundation has a wide and valuable collection of paintings, which include works by Joan Bauzá, Antoni Ribas Oliver, R. Anckermann, Santiago Rusiñol, H. Anglada Camarasa, Francisco Maura, Francisco Bernareggi, Pilar Montaner, Sebastià Junyer, Tito Cittadini, J. A. Fuster Valiente, P. Roch Minué, Lluís Graner, W. Degouve de Nuncques, Joan Fuster, Joan Mestre Bosch, Juan O’Neille, Joaquim Mir, Ramón Nadal, Llorenç Cerdà, Josep Ventosa, Miquel Barceló y C. M. Tarrassó, among others, as well as sculptures by Jaume Mir and H.M.Q Diane of France.
Hermenegildo Anglada CAMARASA
(1871 – 1959)
“Fons marí” (1927)
Oil / canvas
120 x 120 cm
Work characterized by vibrant colors and large format typical of Anglada’s works announcing the fantasy theme where color is the focus over the formal aspects. From 1914, after his stay in Paris, the artist already had great prestige and international recognition. And it is precisely in 1927, on his return from his American tour when he created this work, in his so-called “first Mallorcan stage” (1914-1936) described as the most successful.
“Jaime I recibe la sumisión del Valí de Mallorca”
Oil / canvas
Portrait painter, draftsman and water-colorist. Specialist in the themes of human figures and everyday life scenes. Occasionally he painted historical themes. He studied at the Escuela Provincial Bellas Artes in Palma being a disciple of Mestre Joan Bosch and Guillem Torres. Between 1863 and 1865, he extended his studies in Llotja de Barcelona and the San Fernando College. Between 1866 and 1868 he became a disciple of Madrazo and Jose Casado de Asial. His work reflects his interest in the Spanish Baroque and the figure of Velázquez. In the years 1886 and 1887, he won the 2nd and 3rd contest respectively, of portraits of Palma City Council. In 1870 and 71 he displayed his work “Captaires” in Barcelona for which he obtained a gold medal. In 1881 he obtained the first prize for a non historical painting at the Literature & Arts Contest of “Fires i Festes” in Palma.
“Castell del Rei Pollença” (1902)
Oil / canvas
80 x 126 cm
Modernist painter and writer who developed a wide and prolific relationship with Mallorca. He participated and promoted cultural life on the island alongside the likes of H. Anglada Camarasa and Joaquim Mir, among others. The highlights of his works are the simplicity of the landscape, a delicate atmosphere and sublime use of colors that make light the center of his compositions.
Joan FUSTER BONNIN
“Es Born a s’horabaixa” (1897)
Oil / canvas
208 x 131 cm
Excellent pastellist, whose great speciality was oil painting. Except for minor works, his production reached levels of creative quality that place him among the best landscape painters, making of light the center of his compositions. He studied Fine Arts in Palma and in R. Anckermann’s workshop. Traveling through Europe established contact with Rusinol, J. Mir and other painters. In 1918 he became professor of drawing at the School of Arts and Crafts in Palma.
William Degouve de Nuncques
(1967 – 1935)
“Cala Bóquer” (1901)
Oil / canvas
119 x x100
William Nuncques Degouve was a painter of Belgian origin who introduced the pictorial modernism movement on the island. In 1895 he left France to start his European tour, which in 1899 took him to visit the island with his wife, fellow artist Juliette Massin. From 1899 to 1902 he painted the Majorcan coast and established friendship with Majorcan artists of the time like Santiago Rusiñol and Joaquim Mir. His work covers topics such as the almond trees, the “Drac” caves, the landscape of the north coast of the island, etc. Despite the importance of the impact of light in his work, the geo-physical reality has the leading role established a common theme among the first Symbolists of the time, which was a primitive ideal, resulting in an unrealistic, pantheistic, symbolic vision of landscape,with a very personal use of color, very distant from the academic tradition. His work influenced painters such as Antoni Gelabert and Sebastià Junyer.
(1915 – 2012)
Jaume Mir studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Palma and the Superior School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. In 1949, he obtained the Chair of Modeling in the School of Arts in Palma, where he taught for over 40 years and of which he became the Principal in 1971. In 1960 also obtained the Chair of Drawing in the Ramon Llull Institute of Palma. He was a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of: Toledo, San Fernando (Madrid), Sant Sebastià (Palma) and St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Seville).
Works of the Art Endowment Fund