Ramon Casas i Carbó was a Spanish artist and painter born in Barcelona (1866-1932). He was famous by his portraits, caricatures and paintings of the high society, intellectual, economic and political life of Barcelona, Madrid and Paris. He also became famous for his paintings of riots, as the framework for the repression of a demonstration in the streets of Barcelona. It was a graphic designer and his posters and postcards helped him to define the Catalan art movement known as modernism.
His style was consolidated in the post-impressionism. Excellent portrait artist, defines different types of women, such as Gypsy and others, as well as series of portraits in charcoal of leading intellectuals of the time, musicians such as Albeniz and Granados, writers such as Unamuno and Azorín, or painters like Zuloaga or Sorolla. He also expressed with his brushes interior anonymous cafes or street life, with all the spontaneity emanating from both the environment as their characters. His style was itself influenced by Manet, Whistler and Degas by the soft colors and the blurred boundaries that will evolve into a kind of painting's most colorful and distinctly realistic.
Casas is also one of the leading representatives of the Catalan modernism that reflects on billboards (Codorniu Champagne, Anis del Mono anisette and others) that performs for prestigious commercial firms, full of artistic sensibility.
And here I leave you some of the paintings of this artist, one of my Spanish painters favourites, by the way. I hope you enjoy!