• Ramon Casas 

    Barcelona 1866 - 1932


    Sant Hilari


    Oil on canvas

    100 x 60 cm


    Awards and Honours

    1883 - His Self-Portrait Dressed as a Flamenco Dancer, exhibited at the Salon des Champs-Élysées in Paris, entitled him to become a member of the salon of the Société des Artistes Français.

    1891- First Second Class Medal, Berlin Internationale Ausstellung, Berlin (Germany).

    1892 - Third Medal, Exposición Internacional de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Spain).

    1896 - Second Class Medal, III Exposición General de Bellas Artes e Industrias Artísticas, Barcelona (Spain).

    1898 - First Class Medal, IV Exposición General de Bellas Artes e Industrias Artísticas, Barcelona (Spain).

    1898 - First Award, Anís del Mono, Barcelona (Spain).

    1901 - First Medal, München Internationale Kunstausstellung, Munich (Germany).

    1901 - Third Award, Cigarrillos París, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

    1904 - First Medal, Exposición General de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Spain) with La carga ('The Charge').

    1907 - First Medal, V Exposición Internacional de Arte, Barcelona (Spain).

    1917 - Légion d'Honneur Medal, given by the french government, Paris (France).


    Collections (selection)
    Museo Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (Spain).

    Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain).

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (Spain).

    Northwestern University Library, Chicago (U.S.A).

    Art Institute Chicago (U.S.A).

    Círculo del Liceo, Barcelona (Spain).

    Museu del Cau Ferrat, Sitges (Spain).

    Museu d’Art de Montserrat (Spain).

    Museu Víctor Balaguer, Vilanova i la Geltrú (Spain).

    Instituto de Arte Hispánico, Barcelona (Spain).

    Masaveu Collection (Spain).

    Museu de les Arts Escèniques, Barcelona (Spain).

    Banco de España Collection (Spain).

    BBVA Collection (Spain).

    Caixa Manresa Collection (Spain).

    Crèdit Andorrà Collection, Andorra la Vella (Andorra).


    "Exposición semanal". Barcelona, Sala Parés, October de 1882.

    "II Exposición Pèl&Ploma. Ramon Casas".Barcelona, Sala Parés, June 1900, num. cat. 2.

    "Pintores de Fama". Barcelona, Sala Parés, 13th-28th March de 1981, num. cat. 4 (rep.)

    "Homenaje a Ramon Casas, 1866-1932 en motivo del 50 aniversario de su muerte. Barcelona, Sala Parés, 16th June - 15th July 1982, num. cat. 1 (rep.)

    "Ramon Casas". Barcelona, Ayuntamiento de Barcelona - Palacio de la Virreina, 1982, num. cat. 1, p. 37, (rep.), 139

    "MEMÒRIA 140 anys". Barcelona, Sala Parés, 5th December de 2017 - 13th February de 2018.

    "Salons a Can Parés (1884-1930)". Barcelona, Sala Parés, 14th December 2019 - 25th February 2020.


    Sant Hilari was the first painting that Ramon Casas presented to the public in an art gallery. He did it so the Parés Hall of Barcelona, within a collective in the autumn of 1882. The work perfectly demonstrates the experimental capacity of a young artist of only sixteen years, who had come from training in Paris, in the workshop of Carolus Duran and also learning from the French impressionists. This canvas is a good example of that early influence on Casas. The landscape is presented in a vertical format and is constructed from loose and spontaneous print brush strokes, following Corot's compositions. As in Corot's works, Casas captures the lushness of the forest, achieving depth from different areas of light resulting from the freedom and speed of the brush. The scene is enlivened by a small figure of a donkey whose details in red and blue add dynamism. Although this canvas was not well received in 1882, as it was reviewed in different newspapers and magazines of the time as a print box or an unfinished work, it is one of the key works to understand the pictorial evolution of Casas. It is one of the starting points for one of the most successful trajectories of Spanish painting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


    Ramon Casas, Garrote vil, 1894. Oil on canvas, 127 by 162'5 cm.

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (Spain).


    Ramon Casas, La Sargantain, 1907. Oil on canvas, 91 by 63 cm.

    Círculo del Liceo, Barcelona (Spain).



    Ramon Casas in his studio. 

    La Ilustració Catalana, III Year, 72, 15th October 1882, p. 303.

    Diario de Barcelona, 11th October 1882, p. 1235.

    Maragall, Joan Anton. Història de la Sala Parés. Editorial Selecta. Barcelona, 1975, p. 27.

    Alcolea Albero, Santiago. Ramon Casas. Editorial Ausa. Sabadell, 1990, p. 16, rep. p. 235
    Coll, Isabel. Ramon Casas. Catálogo razonado. De la Cierva editores. Murcia, 2002, p. 16, rep. p. 133, num. cat. 6.

    MEMÒRIA 140 anys. Establiments Maragall. Barcelona, 2017, p. 20, rep. p. 23.