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Uruguayan, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active between 1924 and 1932 in France.

Born 25 July 1874, in Montevideo; died 8 August 1949, in Montevideo.

Painter, draughtsman, watercolourist. Toys.

Constructivism.

Groups: Cercle et Carré, Atelier Torres García.

Torres García's father was Catalan and his mother Uruguayan. They moved to Barcelona when he was seven. He studied at the Escuela Oficial de Bellas Artes in Barcelona ('La Llotja') and at the Academia Baixas. He copied works by Degas and Steinlen. At the same time he decorated the rooms of the Diputación and the library of the city hall, and executed commissions in different churches. He executed these works in a style of Puvis de Chavannes. Little remains today of these paintings, except those of the central library of the Diputación in Madrid. In 1903, Torres García assisted Antoni Gaudi with the execution of stained glass windows for the cathedral of Palma, Majorca and later with the windows for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. After a difficult period Torres García went to Paris, hoping to come into as close contact as possible with contemporary art movements. He also spent time in Brussels, Florence and Rome. After his arrival in 1910, he was first influenced by the Futurists. His works most clearly in this style are dated 1917-1918, and are devoted to themes mixed together on the canvas: ...

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Angel Kalenberg

(b Montevideo, July 28, 1874; d Montevideo, Aug 8, 1949).

Uruguayan painter, teacher and theorist, active also in Spain and France. His father was a Catalan emigrant from Mataró and his mother was Uruguayan. Financial problems forced the family to return to Catalonia in 1891, and he entered the Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Mataró. In 1892 he went to Barcelona, where he attended the Academia Baixas and became involved in the Cercle Artistic, also working as an illustrator for magazines and participating in various exhibitions. In 1903–4 he collaborated with Antoni Gaudí on the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (begun 1882) in Barcelona and on renovating the stained glass in the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. In 1905, through the works he exhibited at the Sala Parés, his talent as a muralist was recognized by Eugenio d’Ors. He became involved in teaching and met Manolita Piña, whom he married in 1909. In 1910 he provided decorations for the Uruguayan pavilion at the Exposition Universelle et Internationale in Brussels. In ...