Artist

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Data i lloc de naixement:
BARCELONA, Espanya — 1931
Data i lloc de defunció:
BARCELONA, Espanya — 2005

Biography

Joan Hernández Pijuan studied at the Escola d’Arts i Oficis de la Llotja and the Escola de Belles Arts, Barcelona, and in 1957 moved to Paris, where he studied engraving and lithography at the École des Beaux-Arts. Although his early work was close to gestural expressionism, he soon adopted a geometric figuration dominated by colour fields and by the presence of solitary objects such as fruit, glasses, eggs and scissors. Treated with elegance and mysticism, colour was always central to his work. On a smooth ground with passages of grey and green, Hernández Pijuan incorporated elements and mathematical references such as grids or metric tapes. Colour strips, tonal gradation, transparencies, textures and resonant light are all elements that typify the artist's work, which in the eighties incorporated elements such as the profile of a cypress, the furrows of the plough or the shape of a leaf, without ever abandoning abstraction. In the late eighties, Hernández Pijuan returned to Informalism, eventually developing a style of painting characterised exclusively by the use of a black-and-white palette. Atmospheric though austere, the work becomes an exercise in spirituality and inner contemplation. He also continued his work as a printmaker, producing carefully executed, monochromatic grids in series. Following his first solo exhibition at the Museu de Mataró in 1955, he exhibited throughout Spain and internationally. His numerous retrospectives include those at the Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, Hospitalet de Llobregat (1992), Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (1993), MACBA, Barcelona (2003) and Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2011). His work features in the collections of Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery, Montreal; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; and MACBA, Barcelona, among others.

Works

  • Títol:
    Tríptic de Granada
    Data:
    1994
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
  • Títol:
    Carpeta dels XXV Artistes Catalans, Sevilla 1992
    Data:
    1992
    Tipus d'obra:
    Graphic material
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
  • Títol:
    Arbre a la Segarra
    Data:
    1991
    Tipus d'obra:
    Drawing
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
  • Títol:
    Núvol blanc III
    Data:
    1991
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
  • Títol:
    Triangle lliri
    Data:
    1987
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
  • Títol:
    Sobre gris
    Data:
    1985
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
  • Títol:
    Planta a l'interior número 3
    Data:
    1984
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
  • Títol:
    Buguenvíl.lees a Son Servera
    Data:
    1982
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
  • Títol:
    Comiols III
    Data:
    1980
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
  • Títol:
    Verd
    Data:
    1977
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
  • Títol:
    Paisatge acotació 62
    Data:
    1977
    Tipus d'obra:
    Graphic material
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
  • Títol:
    1-2-3
    Data:
    1977
    Tipus d'obra:
    Graphic material
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
  • Títol:
    Paisatge amb acotacions A B C D
    Data:
    1972
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Gift of Leopoldo Rodés
  • Títol:
    Dinàmica horitzontal
    Data:
    1963
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
  • Títol:
    [Gravat]
    Data:
    1959
    Tipus d'obra:
    Graphic material
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
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