Fernand Pelez

I discovered Fernand Pelez at the Petit Palais in Paris. He lived from the 18th of January 1843 to the 7th of August, 1913 and was French, with Spanish origins. Pelez was part of the naturalism movement in the 1880s. He used his art to portray scenes of street poverty, with an emphasis on street …

Antoni Fabrés

Antoni Fabrés was born in Barcelona in 1854, and went to Rome as a young sculptor. However, while he was there, he evolved into a painter instead. He continued to move around Europe somewhat; back to Barcelona and then to Paris, then back to Italy...and his fame and good reputation grew. He was recognised all over the place and …

Joaquim Mir

In a recent trip to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, it was a painting by Joaquim Mir that most excited my senses. I have included my own pictures below. Mir was born in 1973 to a wealthy family and after his training joined the Calla del Safrà - a group of Catalonian artists who strived to …

Isaac Levitan

Isaac Levitan was born in 1860 in what is now Lithuania. The family moved to Moscow soon after his birth and he attended to Moscow School of Painting and Sculpture from the age of 13. When he was 15 his mother died, then two years later his father died too and he was left destitute. He had nowhere …