THE MAN AND THE ARTIST
Disciple of Pere Borrell del Caso, was a very young when he go to Paris with Alexandre Cabanyes . He was member of the group "El rovell de l'ou", at the time wich made his "Auca de l'aplec Sant Medi", but still it took a while to achieve true public popularity. This happened to participate as a draftsman of the famous magazine " Papitu" (1908), accompanied by Apa of where signed as "Babel" and also contributed to other publications, as Cuca-fera, Picarol, D'Ací i d'Allà and Revista Nova
In it we find the goodness, intelligence and sensibility of man and the creation, honesty and sensibility of the artist, applied to the requirement, discipline and thorough knowledge of the procedure and the technique
This allows you enrich their work, full of life and rooted barcelonismo exempt, but folklore and superficiality, because in it we find in high grade the sense of taste and measure. Xavier Nogues, is certainly one of the most interesting and iconic characters of the Catalan Novecentismo.
He was the creator of a distinctive and peculiar characters between pathetic and tender, using a particular style. He drew two major works of Catalan humor: 50 Ninots and Picturesque Catalunya.
In his role as painter, highlight satirical murals performed in 1915 to the winery of the Laietanes Galleries Barcelona (now preserved mainly at MNAC), those who did room for the collector and industrial Lluís Plandiura, at his home in Ribera Street (Barcelona, 1917), and the most sober of the mayor's office in the Casa de la Ciutat, achieved following the International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929.
Very complete artist, he also cultivated the costume design. In this area in particular highlight designs for the premiere of the opera "The giravolt of maig" (made by Eduard Toldrà and Josep Carner), a magnificent example of the survival of the spirit "novecentista" during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera. He was a member of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi.
It is also noted their incursions into decorative arts with doing ceramic paints and fire enameled glass as well as his facet as a teacher. He was a engraving teacher in Olot and Barcelona and also left a lithography treaty was published in the volume "Xavier Nogués and his circumstance", written by Salvador Espriu.
He brought a special irony that plastically resulting in a personal expressionism, which can sometimes have some points of contact with that of George Grosz. This makes your style the most skeptical novecentismo plastic version.
Francesc Pujols and Feliu Elias (the pseudonym Joan Sacs) each one have dedicated a monograph, but the most complete is the one that Rafael Benet published since postwar.
Its activity as a printmaker has been exhaustively studied by Jaume Pla.
The most modern specialist upon the work of Xavier Nogués is Cecilia Vidal, perpetual secretary of the Xavier Nogués Foundation. This foundation ensures dissemination of artist, pulsed recorders, promote limited editions on Nogués and printmaking and acquires singular works of the same to be deposited in museums.