About the artist
Born in Barcelona to a well-to-do family, Ramon Casas (1866-1932) walked away from traditional schooling in 1877 to embark on a journey of art study under Joan Vicens. As a young prodigy, he left no stone unturned and furthered his education at the Durand Academy in Paris. Casas evolved into a prominent figure in Catalan Modernism, acclaimed for his vibrant portraits and creative commercial designs. He skillfully captured the essence of his time, sketching and painting the elite of Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris, as well as crowds from bullfights to riots. Casas' contributions as a graphic designer, through posters and postcards, played a pivotal role in defining the Catalan art movement, Modernisme. Notably, his artwork graced commercial billboards for brands like Codorniu and Anís del Mono. His style transformed from post-impressionism, inspired by Manet and Degas, into a unique realism. Casas died in his native Barcelona in 1932.