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Carlos Nadal (1917-1998) Spanish Expressionist Artist



Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalCote d'Azur, Regata


Carlos Nadal was born in Paris to Catalan parents. Nadal's father ran a shop of decorative arts, making posters
and theatre backdrops, which was a very profitable business in the 1920s. His parents returned to Barcelona in 1921. Young Carlos enrolled at the School of Arts and Crafts in Barcelona at the age of 13 and later became a student of the Senior Fine Art Academy of St George there.

Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalStill Life


He was conscripted into the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and in 3 years he was captured and interred at the concentration camp at St Cyprien, where he spent 5 months. Carlos escaped from the camp and returned to Barcelona. He continued his art studies and in 1941 Nadal had his first one-man exhibition. In the mid 1940s he returned to Paris. The artist was given a scholarship from Barcelona Council and later a grant from the French Ministry of Culture.

Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalThe Banks of the Garonne


He lived in Montparnasse where he met Picasso, Braque, Utrillo, Dufy. Nadal often visited Braque's studio. In 1949 Nadal was offered a US scholarship by the Carnegie Foundation, but he chose to marry his girlfriend Flore Joris, a sculptor, and they went to Brussels, where Nadal took up a contract work.
In the 1960s the artist was in great demand throughout Europe. He built his own studio and summer house near Barcelona.
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Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalConcert


Nadal's work at first appears to be naive, almost childlike. However, it is difficult not to turn and sup the extravagant wild colours, bold lines and strange perspective.
Carlos Nadal was the last wild expressionist of Spain and perhaps one of the last artists with direct connections to the original group of Fauvist painters.
John Duncalfe


Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalBlack Sea

Oil Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalBoats

Oil Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalWaterfront at Bougiva

Oil Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalThe Perrieres

Oil Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalAt Margot

Oil Painting by Spanish Expressionist Artist Carlos NadalAt the Art Lover Place

Painting by Spanish Artist Carlos NadalParticular Collection

Painting by Spanish Artist Carlos NadalInterlude

Painting by Spanish Artist Carlos NadalInterior of Studio

Painting by Spanish Artist Carlos NadalPort Rameurs

Painting by Spanish Artist Carlos NadalRed Interior

Painting by Spanish Artist Carlos NadalThe Jetty

Paintings by Carlos Nadal Spanish ArtistSalon of Babette

Paintings by Carlos Nadal Spanish ArtistGreen Room

Paintings by Carlos Nadal Spanish ArtistBeautiful Fruits

Paintings by Carlos Nadal Spanish ArtistNew York


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