Carlos Nadal (1917-1998)
"Village in Normand", figures in a market place
Signed, also signed, inscribed, dated (19)83 and bearing the artist's atelier studio stamp verso, together with a canvas maker's stamp for Vicente Piera, Barcelona and numbered "48", oil on canvas, 73.5cm by 92.5cm
Provenance: Solomon Gallery, 10 Dover Street, London, stock no 8
Born in Paris to Catalan parents, studied art in Barcelona and Paris. In 1930 enrolled at the School of Arts & Crafts in Barcelona and in 1932 he moved to the Senior School for Fine Arts of St George Barcelona. In 1935 he won the Conde de Lavan for Watercolour, the Mastiera for Oil Landscape and the Fortuny for Commercial Posters. Nadal fought with the Republican Forces on the Arogonese Front, crossed the French Frontier and was interned in the Concentration Camp St Cyprien for five months. He escaped and was arrested by the Civil Guard. He returned to Barcelona, on probation, returning to his studies with the aid of a grant from the Barcelona Town Council. In 1946 Nadal was granted a scholarship by the French Government to study in Paris where he became a Fauvist painter. Although offered a Scholarship by the USA Carnegie Foundation, he married the Belgian painter Floris Joris in 1949 and settled in Brussels. The artist exhibited 1951-1983 throughout the world.