Francesc Pausas Coll, painter

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Francesc Pausas
Francesc Pausas, photo from Vida Catalana, Havana, 1924

Francisco (Francesc) Pausas was a painter specialized in (oil) portraits, although he also painted landscapes and other things. He was born in Barcelona (1877) and studied, first at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, and then at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando, Madrid, where he had Joaquín Sorolla as his teacher. As a young man he participated in the General Exhibition of Fine Arts of Barcelona (1894 and 1898). In 1900 he went to Paris and in 1906 to New York, where he stayed until 1929 when he returned to Barcelona (in September 1929, during the Universal Exposition). The doctor Antoni B. Pont (Cadaqués, 1911) described him as follows: "It does not take much to sympathize with the artist ... of regular height, thin, black hair and blond beard, dreamers' brown eyes and soft voice, almost childish; he has in his eyes and the tone of his voice painted his soul, all of it artistic."

F. Pausas developed most of his work during the period in NY: he painted some American landscapes but he especially painted many portraits (artists, singers, architects). On February 1st, 1912, he married María Sampere Montseny (1885-1953) in Manhattan, and on January 26, 1913, they had their only son, José Jaime, who died young (1933?) and without children. From NY he travelled several times to Catalonia and Cuba (and Panama?). During his trips to Catalonia he painted some coastal landscapes (for example, in 1911 he painted landscapes in Cadaqués, Cap de Creus and Mallorca) that he later exhibited in NY; in 1910 he was appointed delegate of the 'Society of Outsiders Attraction' of Barcelona for New York (i.e., to promote tourism). During his stays in Cuba he painted portraits of the high society (politicians, artists) and participated in various activities at the Catalan Center of Havana (including the decoration, along with other artists, of the headquarters in the Palacio Montalvo, 1924).

Back in Barcelona (1929), he participated in various cultural activities in the city and exhibited his work in different galleries, such as the Layetanas Gallery (1931, 1933), the Busquets Gallery (1935) and the Sala Gaspar (1940). He died in Barcelona in 1944 (67 years old); as a tribute, in 1945 an exhibition of part of his work was organized in the Pallarès Gallery; in 1946 Maria Sampere doneted the portrait that her husband had painted (in 1911, before getting married) to the Museum of Modenr Art of Catalonia (currently integrated in the National Art Museum of Catalonia, MNAC); this work is probably the only work of him that is exposed to the public throughout Europe.

The fact of having worked mainly in America, and of not having left offspring, makes the life and work of F. Pausas quite unknown. Many of his works are scattered in private collections; at the moment we only know three works exhibited to the public: Maria Sampere, the painter's wife (1911), in the National Art Museum of Catalonia; Portrait of Thomas U. Walter (1925), architect of Capitol, the Capitol (Washington DC, USA); and Workers in a smithy (or Brooklyn Galvanizing Shop), 1925, at the Grohmann Museum (Wisconsin, USA). There may be other works of him exposed in museums of Cuba.

Francisco Pausas had a brother. the architect José Pausas (1871/2 - 1928, wikipedia) who designed numerous modernist houses around Barcelona, and a sister, Enriqueta Pausas (? -1936).

Exhibition adverts in Barcelonaa

Francesc Pausas

Mirador, 1931

Francesc Pausas

Mirador, 1933

Francesc Pausas

La Rambla, 1935

Francesc Pausas

Card, 1940

Work

Here the work we know by F. Pausas, including the title, the year, and the current location; in most casesv we do not know this information. F. Pausas produced many more paintings than those we have compiled here. JGP: Own collection.

Oil portraits

Francesc Pausas
Wife and son of the painter, 1920, JGP

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Maria Sampere,the painter's wife, 1911, MNAC.

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Mother of the pinter

Francesc Pausas
Tornant de pescar (Costa Brava), ≤1932


Pescador arreglan xarxes, 66.5 x 53 cm


Mother of the pinter, JGP

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Thomas U. Walter, 1925, US Capitol

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La modelo Flores con pandereta

JGP

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Emmy Destinn as Carmen, 1915

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≤1940, JGP

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Brooklyn Galvanizing Shop (or Workers in a smithy), 1925, Grohmann Museum

Drawings and sketches


Alegory, JGP




Mother and son


Guillem Serra de Roxlo (musician)





Sr. Llobet


Model fent bombolles





Àngel resant






Sant Jordi a cavall

Landscapes


Mediterranean coast



Additional information




Francesc Pausas (1st row, 5th from left) and friends, Havana, 1924. Other people: Francesc Garcia Escarré (painter, 3rd row, 5th from left). Photo: Vida Catalana 256, sept. 1924.


Sources

- Ráfols, J.F. 1953. Diccionario biográfico de artistas de Cataluña, desde la época romana hasta nuestros días. 3 vols. Barcelona, 1951-1954. (vol 2, pàg 315)
- Pont, A.B. 1911. Una hora de arte en Cabo de Creus. El pintor Francisco Pausas. El Autonomista (Suplemento Literario), 1/10/1911, pàg. 21-23.
- Vida Catalana núm. 256, sept. 1924, L’Havana.
- American Art News vol. 7 (1908) al vol. 18 (1920), NY
- premsa de Barcelona: La Vanguardia, El Mirador, La Rambla, ...
- Many of the photos of the artwork come from the internet (selling or auction)


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