Luis Claramunt, in the footsteps of Conrad Great Travellers (5)
A passionate reader about voyages and maritime adventures by classic authors such as Joseph Conrad or Henry de Monfreid, Luis Claramunt opted for a nomadic life. Leaving a liberal and educated family life in Barcelona, he first settled in the city’s Raval district, where he soon became a very popular character. Years later, he moved to Seville, Madrid and Bilbao, with stays in Marrakesh, together with his partner, the artist Teresa Lanceta, who was learning about textiles from the people in the Atlas Mountains. Inspired by his reading of travel books, his painting incorporates scenes of storms and drifting boats, shipwrecks and sailboats, literary topographies and fictional settings. They are the readings, cities, discoveries, skies and ports of an artist who made no distinction between painting, writing and life. Perhaps because, as Conrad wrote, behind every adventure, there is always an introspective journey.