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Jaume Sans

30's Surrealist

Jaume Sans belonged to the Catalan generation of surrealists of the 30s. His paintings and sculptures contributed to spread the avant-garde movement throughout Catalonia, thanks to the many outstanding exhibitions these artists held.

Jaume Sans was born in Sitges, and lived with his family in Cuba until he was eleven years old. Back to Barcelona, Sans got in touch with the "L'Amic de les Arts" magazine, one of the printed magazines that contributed to revolution the artistic scenario of the 20s, edited in Sitges from 1926 to 1929 and directed by Josep Carbonell. Many other famous figures took part in this artistic circle, such as Salvador Dalí, art critic Sebastià Gasch, or writers Vicenç Foix and Lluís Montanyá. In fact, before the 20s, there were virtually no avant-garde artistic groups in Spain, except in Barcelona, where many exiled artists of World War I fled. Barcelona also had an innovative tradition, and all of these circumstances led the city to promote and host audacious exhibitions. For instance, the Galeries Dalmau exhibition in 1912 (the second one on cubist art celebrated outside Paris), or the Universal Exposition of 1929, with Mies van der Rohe's unprecedented pavilion, placed Barcelona in the contemporary artistic map, at a time in which art always became news, and even scandal or controversy.

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