Fonollar, 8 Sitges (El
(3 on 5)
Present condition: Outside / Inside: Good
Because the building is the seat of Cau Ferrat Museum, the visit
inside is possible into the opening time (see: Consorci
del Patrimoni de Sitges).
History and description:
Rusiñol was enthusiastical by Sitges from 1881 when he known the
village probably in occasion of a travel to Vilanova (an important town
Rusiñol captivated by the village decided to translate there his artistic
collections from Barcelona.
To lodge that collection, Rusiñol bought two fisherman houses - can Sense
and can Falua - and he built the Cau Ferrat linking the two old houses and
unifying the façade in a neo gothic style. The architect Francesc Rogent i
Pedrosa made between 1893 and 1894 substantial changes on the previous
buildings, using the windows of the old gothic castle of Sitges altered
some years earlier when the present town hall was built.
The ground floor was the residence of the painter and has four different
rooms decorated with pictures of Rusiñol himself, Ramón Casas, Ignacio
Zuloaga, Pichot and others, sculptures of Manolo Hugué and G. Violet. On
the desk of Rusiñol, it is some artworks of artists like E. Clarasó, R.
Casas, I Zuloaga and Picasso. In the room in front of sea it is a nice
waterspout who brings a special character to the room. All the ground floor
is also decorated with interesting ceramic units.
The first floor is a fantastic large room with a fancy wood roof, where
the Cau Ferrat Museum shows a big variety of artworks like a forged iron
objects collection, two paintings by El Greco, a Saint Peter and a Mary
Magdalena, other paintings by Rusiñol, Zuloaga, Casas, Clarasó, etc., a
splendid collection of glass bottles, cups, pitchers, bowls and objects bought
by Rusiñol to Alexandre de Riquer; keys, chandeliers and other
The Cau Ferrat was the seat of literary competitions during the Festes
Modernistes (Art Nouveau festivals) between 1892
Upstairs (Gothic hall)
hall to the street
Gothic hall to the sea side*
The El Greco paintings of
Cau Ferrat collection
two splendid El Greco (Domenikos Theotocopoulos) paintings are "The tears of Saint
Peter" and "Mary Magdalene repentant".
Santiago Rusiñol bough that pictures from Pau Bosch in Paris to
be made known to a wider public. The Third Modernista Festival in November
1894 was the opportunity to show that works. Rusiñol organized the arrival of the two paintings of El Greco in
procession to Sitges.
Today both paintings are exposed in the Gothic Hall of "Cau
Some iron forged pieces
of Santiago Rusiñol (Cau Ferrat) collection
Cau Ferrat was in its origins (and remain to be) a collection of iron forged pieces
- including a large range of different objects as chandeliers, patches, locks, keys, ornaments, and a variety of other elements
from middle and modern age - bought by Santiago Rusiñol to
assure its conservation.
includes also a big found of glass pieces as bottles, cups, pitchers, bowls and objects
bought by Rusiñol to Alexandre de Riquer. The extraordinary hard work
developed by Rusiñol give us at present the possibility to have
an in deep knowledge of objects of common use in that historical
photography's signaled with a
are granted by the
del Patrimoni de Sitges