Santiago Rusiñol was a painter, writer and ideologist of the Catalan modernist movement, and a popular figure in the bohemian life, life of the Modernist Sitges Movement.
He was born in Barcelona (1861 - 1931) but soon he lost his father, after his studies he worked in the family business of textiles, but left too early, breaking the industrial tradition of the family and against the will of his grandfather, who always opposed to devote himself to painting, but he drew in secret: copying pictures in books and drew sketches of the bearded sailors from the port of Barcelona.
Although it was initially self-taught in art, formed in the center of Barcelona's watercolor was one of its founders. After a trip to Paris, his painting became strongly influenced by the impressionists and later traveled to Andalusia, where he began to paint gardens. Once back at Barcelona he became one of the greatest entertainers of the modernist movement.
At that time he held in the company of the painter Ramon Casas a car trip through Catalonia: travelers drew sketches of types and landscapes, painted, talked with everyone and roads and inns displayed their human sympathy and his extraordinary sense of humor.
In 1887 he went to Paris and settled in Montmartre with other Catalan artists. After visiting Italy, especially Florence, where he spent four months. Occasionally made trips to Barcelona and other cities of the Spain, in Granada he painted his first garden, the starting point of his choice in the subject painting. Three times exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Independants.
He died in Aranjuez Royal village, while he was painting its Palace gardens.