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La danza

  • La danza. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) © Pere Casas Abarca

    La danza. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) © Pere Casas Abarca



Visual arts


Around 1903


Pere Casas Abarca

Cultural background


Original title

La danse
National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
Barcelona, Catalonia

This photograph by Pere Casas Abarca belongs to one of his most allegorical series. Casas Abarca was one of the most important Catalan members of the Pictorialism movement, the first ever photographic artistic movement, which advocated a style of photography that imitated painting at the turn of the 20th century.

A graduate in Law, he was an artist, a sculptor, a photographer and a poster designer. Nephew and disciple of the sculptor, Venanci Vallmitjana, he studied at the Fine Arts school in Barcelona. In 1902 he assumed the post of artistic manager of the magazine, Mercurio. He was president of the Artistic Circle in Barcelona, as well as president and founder of the Friends of Museums association. As a photographer, he is one of the most important representatives of Catalan Pictorialism. His works are clearly influenced by allegorical, religious, mythological and exotic themes. La danse forms part of his 1903 Fotografías de Arte portfolio and of the exhibition held at the Sala Parés in Barcelona in 1906.

Details of the work


8 cm x 11 cm

Gelatin silver on baryta paper


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