PERE (PEDRO) CREIXAMS (Spanish / 1893-1965)

The Catalan School-of-Paris artist Pere Modesto Luis Creixams (also known as Pedro or Pierre Créixams) was born in Barcelona in 1893. Creixams settled in Paris in 1917, working initially as a printer, while taking instruction in painting from Othon Friesz. Three years later the art critic Florent Fels saw his paintings and introduced him to the dealer Paul Guillaume, who bought his entire production to date. Creixams set up studio in Montmartre, and was soon mixing with the artistic elite of the day, including Picasso, Derain, Vlaminck, Matisse, and Modigliani. Creixams was influenced in particular by Modigliani and Picasso, whose characteristic gypsies and guitarists also feature in the art of Creixams. From 1925 Pere Creixams was represented by the dealer Pierre Loeb at Gallerie Pierre, which also exhibited many prominent School of Paris artists, including Braque, Klee, Chirico, Derain, Dufy, Gromaire, Léger, Miro, Pascin, Picasso, and Soutine. Creixams spent several years in Catalonia in the 1930s, returning to Paris in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. From then on Creixams became a Montmartre "character" alongside the painter Gen Paul, frequenting the Lapin Agile. The key period of Pere Creixams' art remains the initial Parisian years, in which he was working at the forefront of the modern movement and mixing with the major artists of the day. Our etchings by Creixams come from this period, and were commissioned by Pascal Pia in 1925 for À Une Courtisane, a pastiche by Pia himself, mischievously presented as an unpublished erotic poem by Baudelaire; in a letter of 19 January 1959 Creixams refers affectionately to this work as "ce péché de ma verdeur", this sin of my youth. After WWII, though based in Paris, Pere Creixams frequently returned to Barcelona, and died while on a visit there in 1965. Interest in the art of Pere Creixams has increased in recent years, with exhibitions in Tossa del Mar (where Creixams led an artistic colony) in 1992, in Girona in 2007, and in Paris in 2011; this latter exhibition Pere Créixams, Montparnasse-Montmartre, 1916-1928, concentrated on his formative and most fertile years, with a catalogue by the foremost Creixams scholar, Anaïs Bonnel.

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