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Presentation the book and exhibition, "Josep Busquets, the sculptor from Valls"


Josep Busquets

Teresa Camps: Josep Busquets, the sculptor from Valls
Collection of Tamarit art books, vol. 33
Jointly published by Diputació de Tarragona and Viena Edicions
Presentation: Valls Public Library, 4 April 2014, 19.00
This will be followed by the official opening of the exhibition of the same name at the Museum of Valls

Josep Busquets i Òdena was born in Fontscaldes in 1914 and died in Barcelona in 1998.

The book Josep Busquets, l'escultor de Valls (Josep Busquets, the sculptor from Valls) is an essay on the life and work of the artist and considers his learning and personal technique. It highlights his relationship with the city of Valls, where he alternated his residence with Barcelona, and from where he received important commissions which today represent a major cultural asset in the public areas of the city. In this regard, the Monument als Xiquets de Valls (Monument to the Xiquets of Valls) has become an emblem and represents both the capital of the Alt Camp region and the technique of the sculptor.

At the same time, the essay places the work of Busquets within the complex environment of post-war art in Barcelona, where he first became a sculptor. A solitary man in his work but not in his relationships with friends, neighbours and in art seminars, he understood sculpture with the confidence of a skill well learned and practised and produced most of his personal work using direct carving, in other words, working the material, as he used to say, "a martellades" or "blows with the chisel" to extract the form. The result consequently took on an intentionally primitive air.

He never worked other than in figurative art, in which the youthful and robust female form -to a certain degree iconographically inherited from the previous era of Catalan sculpture known as noucentisme- often appears nude, upright or seeking bold volumetric formulations, at times uncommon in the representation of the female form, and became his constant and preferred theme.

Although the nude female figure represents his own creative work, Busquets did not refuse other commissions: he was the author of over one hundred portraits, of religious and monumental work. Although he valued stone as a basic material, he did not reject bronze or terracotta.
Valls, his city, loves him and considers him its sculptor, one who was able to give form to the collective sentiment of the city, its people and its singular traditions.