Basque or Brittany fishermen

(11 x 15 cm)

Pen and ink drawing + watercolour + colour pencil.

Dionís Baixeras i Verdaguer (1862–1943) 

Spanish naturalist Spanish artist from Barcelona, who specialised in oil on canvas and was noted for his realistic and detailed Orientalist and everyday life scenes. Began studying at an early age at the La Lonja School of Fine Arts, where he was a pupil of Catalan painters such as Agustín Rigalt (1836-1899), Martí Alsina (1826-1894) and Antonio Caba (1838-1907).

Member of artist group (painters and sculptors), known as the “Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc” (Artistic Circle of San Lluc), an arts society formed in Barcelona in the early 1890s by brothers, Joan Llimona and Josep Llimona; Antoni Utrillo, Alexandre de Riquer and a group of artists who were followers of bishop Josep Torras i Bages. This circle also included the celebrated architects, Gaudí and Puig i Cadafalch.

At age 24 he moved for 4 years to Paris, where he frequented the countryside to make paintings. In Paris, he was impressed by the realism and naturalism of Jean-François Millet, Jules Bastien-Lepage and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, whose style would leave a lasting impression on the young artist. He then returned to Barcelona.

Baixeras exhibited often his everyday scenes making him a commercially successful artist .