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  • Guisantes. Barcelona, MNAC – National Art Museum of Catalonia © Emili Godes

    Guisantes. Barcelona, MNAC – National Art Museum of Catalonia © Emili Godes



Visual arts


Around 1930


Emili Godes

Cultural background


Original title

National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
Barcelona, Catalonia

This is one of the best examples of the New Objectivity movement in Catalonia (originating in Germany in opposition to Expressionism), a current that took technical, optical and formal laws on board, leading to a strict capturing of nature.

Emili Godes started to work in photography around 1920. Sensitivity, rigour and accuracy are the hallmarks of his work, an attitude already noticeable in his first known reports from Cordoba in 1927. Two years later he produced another report on the 1929 International Exhibition, in which one can perceive his modern vision of photography. Nonetheless, it is not until around 1930, when Godes embarks on a personal journey that he begins to produce his most emblematic work and comes into his own with the series of plants, reptiles and insects that he calls “large format microphotographs”. The latter represents the most important contribution to the New Objectivity movement in the history of Spanish photography.

Details of the work


43.8 cm x 27.5 cm

Gelatin silver on baryta paper


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