Pablo Gargallo

Zaragoza, Spain, 1881-1934

Throughout his career he simultaneously maintained two seemingly very different styles: a classic one, related to modernism in its beginnings and to the novecentismo, and an avant-garde style in which it experiments with the disintegration of space and forms and new materials.

Gargallo, influenced by his friend Julio González, developed a sculpture style based on the creation of three-dimensional objects of flat metal plates, also using paper and cardboard. He also made more traditional sculptures in bronze, marble and other materials. Among his works are three pieces inspired by Greta Garbo: Masque de Greta Garbo à la mèche, Tête de Greta and the Garbo avec chapeau and Masque de Greta Garbo aux cils.

However, his best-known work is his masterpiece The Prophet, from 1933, which is the culmination of his Cubist concept of hollow sculpture and at the same time possesses an expressionist energy that connects, by the subject treated, with the biblical tradition.

He is considered one of the most significant artists of the Spanish and international avant-garde. In 1985 the Pablo Gargallo Museum was inaugurated in the Arguillo Palace of Zaragoza. The Museum has an excellent Documentation Center where you can consult information about the life and work of the artist. In addition, the Documentation Center gathers an important documentary collection on other contemporary sculptors.

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