Pablo GARGALLO

1881-1934

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Status, price and estimation of the artist Pablo GARGALLO

Price of a sculpture at auction: €10,000 – 200,000

Price of a drawing or watercolour in auction rooms: 500 – 2,000 €.

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Modernist beginnings

Pablo Gargallo was a sculptor born in 1881 in the town of Maella in the province of Zaragoza. His family moved to Barcelona in 1888 after his father, a stagecoach driver, went bankrupt.

On the recommendation of his uncle, the young man was admitted to the studio of the renowned sculptor Eusebi Arnau i Mascort in 1895, before attending the Lonja School of Fine Arts near Barcelona. In addition, the artist attended drawing classes in the evening.

He frequented the artistic circles of his time, especially the cabaret Els Quatre Gats, renowned as a place of exchange between Catalan and Spanish artists at the turn of the century.

From the beginning of the 20th century, Gargallo travelled back and forth between Barcelona and Paris, taking up residence across the border, sometimes settling in the artists’ housing estates in Paris, sometimes returning to his Barcelona studio.

Due to his political opinions, he was dismissed from his teaching position in 1923 – he was a professor of sculpture at the Technical School of Artistic Crafts of the Federation of Catalonia between 1920 and 1923 – and it was then that he moved to Paris in 1924, to a studio in Vincennes.

A renewed practice of statues

The anchorage to classicism was very strong throughout his career, and his sculpted works executed in the round, modelled or carved in marble or stone, were enriched by contact with modernism, particularly the Cubist spirit. He broadened his artistic reflection and diversified his materials, working in lead and copper before turning to iron.

The use of these innovative materials in his practice brought him recognition and success from 1925 onwards. A true pioneer in the production of metal sculpture, Gargallo participated in the Salons d’Automne, des Indépendants, des Tuileries and the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.

Redefining the boundaries in support of his era

Having forged close links with the Cubist sculpture artists of his time, such as Ossip Zadkine and Henri Laurens, Gargallo became an emblematic figure in his medium.

Spanish artists Julio Gonzales and Pablo Picasso were also influenced by his metal work.

It has an international resonance, right up to the steel works of the abstract expressionist artist and sculptor David Smith in the 1940s.

The Gargallo Museum is located in Barcelona and was opened in 1985.

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