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AGAPIT VALLMITJANA I BARBANY   (1833-1905)

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 On Agapit Vallmitjana:  Biography   WorksIn Catalonia  Funerary sculpture  Out of Catalonia   Images    
 Sources and additional information:  Links   Bibliography   Other Catalan Art Nouveau Sculptors 
 

Works :

In Catalonia:
Christ in cross
(1866)
Christ recumbent
(2)
(1872 - 1876) 
The lions hunter (Ciutadella Park in
 Barcelona
1884)
Boy fountain (Can Mantega Gardens in
 Barcelona
1880)
Bison
Orangutan cub

Christopher Columbus
Elephant
Elisabeth II introduce Alphonse XII
 
(Pedralbes Palace in Barcelona)
Faun and Nymph
Female Nudes (2)
Heraldic lions (Monument to Columbus in
 Barcelona
)
Lion (Ciutadella Park Zoo in Barcelona)
Monastery of Montserrat façade
 
  (Together with his brother Venanci)
Monk with an ill man in his arms
Old faun
The Commerce (Ciutadella Park in Barcelona)
The guardian angel
The thorn coronation
The Immaculate Conception
The Industry (Ciutadella Park in Barcelona)
The Pietà
The Tradition

Two dromedaries
Lion (Parc de la Ciutadella Zoo in Barcelona)
Heraldic lions
(Monument to Columbus in
 Barcelona)
Lucifer
Napolitana
Saint Francis
Saint Francis of Paul
Saint Joan de Déu (Saint John of God)
Saint Jordi
(Saint George)
Saint Stephen
Silé
Head of camel
Zinger

Funerary sculpture:
Main gate of the Poble Nou cemetery
 in Barcelona
Vilaregut family Mausoleum
(Southwest
 Cemetery in Barcelona)
Urquinaona Bishop Mausoleum

Out of Catalonia: 
Monument to the king James the I
 
(València 1891) 
Jorbalán Vicountess Mausoleum
 (Adoratrius Church in València)

Portrait of Agapit Vallmitjana i Barbany by Pau Gargallo
 Agapit Vallmitjana
 (Relief by Pau Gargallo)

Life:
Born in Barcelona in 1833. 
He studied together with its brother Venanci in the School of Llotja in Barcelona, as a disciple of the famous Catalonian sculptor Damiá Campeny. 
He began his artistic career in collaboration with his brother, sculpting small nativity scene figures in the Baroque style in a shop in Tapinería Street, Barcelona. In 1872, they travelled to Manchester, England, where they executed portraits of Lord and Lady Stanley. 
In 1881, he became a professor at the School of Llotja, where he had formerly been a student. 
As with his brother Venanci's work, his sculptures are very realistic in style and are noted for the great deal of care which he put into their detail. Much of his work was done in collaboration with his brother, and at times, it is difficult to attribute a work to one or another. 
Agapit's work is traditionally considered to be complementary to that of his brother Venanci, which is regarded as being the more spectacular; nevertheless, the work of Agapit is appreciated for the formal perfection that the most brilliant work of Venanci does not reach.
Although the Vallmitjana brothers should be considered as academic sculptors working in a realistic style, and therefore predating modernism (Catalan Art Nouveau), because the majority of their work was carried out before of this style emerged, the fact that both were teachers of famous modernist sculptors, such as Llimona, Gargallo and others, gives them a special importance as precursors of the style.
Agapit Barbany died in Barcelona in 1905.

 
     
Correction of English text by Gary Nisbet    
     
Images:
A Vallmitjana El comercio Parque de la Ciutadella A Vallmitjana La Industria Parque de la Ciutadella A Vallmitjana El cazador de leones Parque de la Ciutadella
The Commerce The Industry The lions hunter
 

Selected LINKS to other websites on Agapit Vallmitjana i Barbany

http://www.bcn.es/publicacions/Bcn_escultures/autorsFrame.html  Web of Barcelona city council, showing photos of six sculptures of Agapit Vallmitjana in various places of the city.

 

Specific Bibliography on Agapit Vallmitjana i Barbany

Title Author Published by Year

 Guía del Cementerio de Montjuïc 

 Aguado, Neus

 Institut Municipal dels Serveis
 Funeraris de Barcelona

1993
 L'escultura catalana  Cirici i Pellicer   1957
 Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana  Different authors  Enciclopèdia Catalana
 Enciclopèdia Salvat Català  Different authors  Edicions Salvat
 Un siglo de escultura catalana  Infiesta, José Manuel    1975
 Diccionario bibliográfico de artistas de Cataluña  Ràfols, J. F.   1953
 L'escultura del segle XIX a Catalunya  Subirachs i Burgaya, Judit  Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat 1994
 Catàleg de donatius    Junta de Museus de Catalunya

1935

 
Other Catalan Art Nouveau Sculptors:
Eusebi ARNAU i Mascort   Miquel BLAY i Fabregues   Joan Carreres   Enric Clarasó i Daudí   Lambert Escaler i Milà   Manel FUXÀ i Leal   Pau GARGALLO i Catalán   Alfons Juyol i Bach   Josep LLIMONA i Bruguera   Agustí Querol   Josep Reynés i Gurguí   Agapit VALLMITJANA i Barbany    VenancI VALLMITJANA i Barbany
 

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