Iu Pascual

Vilanova i la Geltrú 1883 - Riudarenes 1949

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Iu Pascual i Rodés was born in October 28th, 1883, in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona. Born in a wealthy and influential family, he was able to enjoy a full education, in which music and especially drawing predominated. At the age of seventeen, he arrived in the city of Barcelona with the intention of continuing his artistic training. He enrolled at the Academia Baixas, as well as at the Barcelona School of Architecture; however, he soon made the decision not to complete his architectural studies, as his desire was to devote himself fully to painting. From then on, Pascual entered the Artistic Circle of Sant Lluc, founded by Joan Llimona. Although he worked in Gaudí's workshop, and was a very active artist in Barcelona's artistic circles, his preferred genre was landscape, especially that of his childhood, which he contemplated from Cornudella de Montsant and the Mas de les Moreres, near his hometown. He also deeply admired the landscape of Olot, which had been a focal point of attraction for Catalan painters. For this reason, and because he was being accompanied by friends such as Ignasi Mallol and Francesc Vayreda, after the success of the exhibition Les Arts i els Artistes in the Spring of 1910, they left for Olot in May. That summer, Iu devoted himself entirely to painting; the landscape of Olot captivated him intensely, as he felt it approached him to his admired Corot. On February 5th, 1911, Iu Pascual exhibited for the first time his paintings of Olot in the Sala Parés. Since then, the painter would spend every summer in Olot, being the most recurring motif in his landscape painting. After his marriage to Maria Bassols y Bassols, they settled permanently in Olot. The following year, in 1914, he was appointed director of the Olot School of Fine Arts. His time there from 1915 until the end of the 1920’s is considered the best period in the artist’s career.