Dalt del terrat
(In the terrace 1891)
Tornant del tros
(Coming from the plot 1896)
(The last Easter 1895)
Vault in Montserrat
Frieze in the church of Las hermanitas de los pobres
Canopy in Ripoll
(destroyed in 1936)
Dome of Carmelites church
Dining room in House Recolons
Born in Barcelona
in 1860 in a family of artísts, his brother Josep was a
also famous Art Nouveau sculptor.
J. Llimona abandoned his studies of architecture and engineering
by the painting that he improved in the school of Llotja of Barcelona and
later in Rome where he accompanied his brother, awarded with a Pension to
perfection his knowledges in sculpture in this city. Already since 1882 he participated in
some collective expositions in Barcelona, culminating in 1890 in an
exposition in the Sala with an enormous succes.
influenced by its militant Catholicism - that carried to a clash with the
Catalan Art Nouveau writer Raimon Casellas -,
he painted various religious works of that
content - "Crist Venç" (Christ conquers), different paintings in
the "Cercle Artistic
of Sant Lluc", decoration of a vault in the Monastery of Montserrat, a frieze
of the Church of "The sisters of poor people", the dome of the Church of the
"Carmelites" both in Vic, the canopy of Ripoll (destroyed in 1936) and other
in Barcelona, Bràfim, etc.
Toward 1905 his painting is influenced by
the symbolism, always of religious base, this is visible on the painting of the dining room of the House Recolons of Barcelona.
published diverse articles in several publications of Barcelona
as "La veu de Catalunya" (The voice of Catalonia), "The Barretina", "Catalunya social"
(Social Catalonia) and other,
almost always on esthetic themes related to his stiff concept of the sexual moral and against the blasphemy.
He was member of the "LLiga del bon mot", literally - League of the good word -
and of "Foment de la pietat Catalana", associations defending a stiff
and conservative concept of moral. He was also cofounder with his
brother and other noticeable artists of the moment of the "Cercle Artístic
de Sant Lluc" (already mentioned higher), an important center of
diffusion of the traditional catholic moral in the art, who continues very
Joan Llimona i Bruguera died in 1926 in Barcelona.