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Maties Palau Ferré

Maties Palau Ferré and his paradise

16 setember to 23 october 2011

Palau Ferre

Maties Palau Ferré and his paradise

Maties Palau Ferré (24-8-1921 - 1-1-2000) was considered the town painter of Montblanc, a description he earned in his own right. His love of his region was proverbial. He believed that it offered all the conditions he required to produce his work. He lived there virtually all his life, and dedicated his work to it.
He studied Fine Arts in Barcelona. He started exhibiting at group exhibitions: National Fine Arts Exhibition of Barcelona (1951), the 7th October Exhibition of Barcelona (1954) and the 3rd Spanish-American Biennial (1955). He held his first individual exhibition in 1956 at the Sala Gaspar in Barcelona. In 1957 he exhibited at the Madrid Athenaeum and at the National Book in London. The same year he received a scholarship from the French government to perfect his studies at the School of Fine Art of Paris. In 1961 he returned to the French capital with another scholarship from the French government. In Paris, he exhibited at various group exhibitions. The same year he finally settled in Montblanc. From the very beginning, as well as painting, he worked in ceramic and, years later, in sculpture also.
His pictoric work can be classified into three major themes: Montblanc, a continuous theme in his work, women, and flowers and still life paintings of nature.
Palau Ferré soon acquired his own language, characterised by an intense chromatism, very well structured compositions and a cubist influence: The use of colour planes, different perspectives in the same work and certain physiognomic traits in his figures.
After a serious problem with an agent, which led him to burn part of his work, he gave up painting and started to paint with Chinese ink. He created his own technique which allowed him to obtain particularly bright and transparent colours.
Palau Ferré was an exceptional case in our profession. He lived solely and exclusively for his work. He never wanted to leave his town and was not concerned about exhibiting. Clients and collectors from all over the world visited his studio and many art critics and experts from our country wrote about his work.
He was a painter and a solitary man who felt comfortable among the humble and working-class people of his town. Proud of his work, he remained independent from the beginning to the end, with a very clear aim: to produce the work he wanted, and he succeeded.