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Ramon Casas

  • Ramon Casas © J. Bedmar/Iberfoto

    Ramon Casas © J. Bedmar/Iberfoto



Illustration, Painting



Date of birth

Jan 5, 1866

Date of death


" Painter and illustrator. Famous for his portraits and designs for commercial billboards, he is one of the most representative figures of Catalan modernism."

He was born in Barcelona in 1866, in a family deeply seated in the Catalan bourgeoisie. Still very young, Ramon abandoned his studies to enter as an apprentice in the Joan Vicens workshop, where he received a solid pictorial training. In 1881, he travelled to Paris to pursue his training at the Durand Academy. On his return, he became active in the social and cultural scene in city Condal, where he became well-known as an excellent portrait artist of the most relevant figures of the time, including Unamuno, Azorín or Joaquín Sorolla. Of no less importance were his works as a commercial billboard artist for Codorniu or Anís del Mono, among others. His style evolved from post-impressionism, influenced by painters such as Manet or Degas, to a style marked by a realist character. He died in Barcelona in 1932.

Essential works

  • View of Sitges © Turespaña

    Sitges: places in town

    In the 19th and 20th centuries, this coastal town became a benchmark for Catalan Modernism thanks to artists like Santiago Rusiñol and Ramón Casas.

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  • “Self-portrait”. Barcelona © MNAC - Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya


    Forms part of the famous gallery of portraits by Ramon Casas, one of the most important of those in MNAC's Print, Drawing and Poster Department.

    National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) (Barcelona)

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  • Ramon Casas and Pere Romeu on a tandem. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

    Ramon Casas and Pere Romeu on a tandem

    This is one of the most emblematic and unique examples of Catalan modernism owing to the fact that it was hung at the Els Quatre Gats, a beer hall which served as a venue for gatherings of modernist Barcelona’s artists and intellectuals.

    National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) (Barcelona)

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Other highlighted works

  • Al aire libre
  • Garrote vil
  • Elisa Casas
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