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Miquel Barceló (1957)

La nuit de la nuit

Mixed media on canvas, 130 x 195 cm 
Private collection 
© Photo: François Halard, 2019  
© Miquel Barceló, VEGAP, Málaga, 2021 

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In his work Mar de Pintor (“Painter’s Sea”), the Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez lists the rich diversity of color offered up by the marine universe for representation with paintbrushes: the Prussian blue sea, the bruise-colored sea, the ocher sea, the iron-colored sea. Seascapes form an essential part not only of the history of European Romanticism, but also of the biography of Miquel Barceló. The sea represents placid tranquility or luminous quietude, while the marine abysses can express danger, repressed instincts, or terror of the unknown. Barceló has practiced scuba-diving from a young age, making a show of his strongly insular personality.  


I think I have never stopped attempting to paint the sea; I think it’s something like… the Sainte-Victoire, that you try to paint again and again and you never finish, you know? Because it’s fascinating, like… it’s a story about painting, isn’t it? Something that moves, that hasn’t dried out; something that’s always changing, never staying the same, and which changes its color, shape and everything else, constantly. That’s almost the definition of painting, isn’t it? Yes, it always seems to me that it’s something I’ve done so many times that I’ll never do it again, but I always return and it’s never the same.