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Santiago Rusiñol

  • Santiago Rusiñol © EFE

    Santiago Rusiñol © EFE



Literature, Painting, Theatre



Date of birth

Oct 28, 1866

Date of death


" Painter and writer. In theatre, he created the character "Senyor Esteve" and achieved popular recognition."

He was born in Barcelona in 1861. He was a disciple of Tomás Moragas. He travelled to Paris in 1889, where he lived with Ramón Casas and Ignacio Zuloaga. He became familiar with symbolism and open-air painting. After coming back to Spain he opened the workshop-museum "Cau Ferrat" in Sitges, and frequently attended gatherings in Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona. His works included dramas, gatadas (parodies), novels and texts on the theory of art. "Anant pel món" in 1886, "Oracions" (1887) and "Fulls de la vida" (1889) are good examples. The play "L'Alegria que passa", released that same year, became very popular. His character "Senyor Esteve", a prototype of a local member of the bourgeoisie, was very popular after his novels were published and adapted to theatre. He died in Aranjuez in 1931.

Essential works

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    Las Aleuyas del Señor Esteve

    Revolutionary book by Santiago Rusiñol in which he combines pictures and text to write about the ascent of Catalan bourgeoisie and the Modernist conception of artists.

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  • 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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