EXHIBITION EL PRIORAT BY JOSEP SUBIRATS. Sixty Years of Drawing El Priorat.
EL PRIORAT BY JOSEP SUBIRATS
Sixty Years of Drawing El Priorat
From 10 May to 31 Desember 2019
THE EXHIBITION IS CLOSED BETWEEN 2.00 AND 3.30 PM
The Charterhouse of Escaladei is pleased to present an exhibition of the pictorial work of Josep Subirats, one of the most active and renowned poster artists on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939.
Josep Subirats i Samora was born in Barcelona in 1914 but his origins lay in the El Priorat area. On his mother's side, he came from an old family in Poboleda, the Samoras, who had been living in the village since at least the 17th century.
Subirats drew El Priorat over a long period that began in 1929 and extended until 1992. This prolonged gaze is of incalculable value and reveals to us his constant rediscovery of the landscape around him, with an admirable formal and stylistic consistency over these 60 years and more.
The selection of the 25 works in the exhibition is intended to demonstrate the relationship between the fundamental elements that make up the landscape of El Priorat. By observing Subirats' body of work, we can see that the subjects he chose, consciously or otherwise, have ended up forming a kind of essential inventory that includes the river, the bridge, the village, the vineyard, olive, almond, fig, chestnut, hazelnut, pine and palmetto trees, the terrace wall and terraces, the mountain, the track, the country shack, the donkey, the farmer, goats, reeds and rushes, and the tractor. In short, the sky and the land.
Humankind's relationship with the cycle of nature and the elements mentioned above explain the landscape, the morphology and the order implicit in El Priorat. They are the elements that show the seasonal changes in the colours and shapes of the landscape; the elements that underpin the local economic activity, features and food; the elements that made possible life as it was understood in El Priorat throughout almost the entire 20th century.
Subirats is best known, however, not as a landscape artist but as a poster artist. He made a name for himself during the Spanish Civil War by producing propaganda posters such as those that read "Camperol! la revolució necessita el teu esforç" (Farmer! The revolution needs your effort) and "Ajudeu els caiguts!" (Help the fallen!), which were widely distributed. In this professional work, he focused on poster art, the graphic arts and illustration, contributing pieces to the magazine L'Esquella de la Torratxa, in which he signed his work Subi, and other media outlets.