Alexandre De Riquer Spain

5-3-1856 Calaf, ESP - 11-13-1920 Majorca, ESP

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Riquer, Alexandre De

Alexandre de Riquer i Ynglada, 7th Count of Casa Dávalos, was a versatile artist intellectual and Catalan Spanish designer, illustrator, painter, engraver, writer and poet. He was one of the leading figures of Modernism in Catalonia. He belonged to an aristocratic family, the Counts of Casa Dávalos.

In 1885, Alexandre de Riquer was married to Dolors Palau Gonzalez de Quijano. Between 1886 and 1898 he fathered six children and it was this responsibility with its attendant economic pressures which doubtless gave added, even urgent stimulus to Riquer's professional dedication.

Alexandre de Riquer studied in France, first in Béziers between 1869 to 1871. For his interest in drawing classes he enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse of Languedoc, France. Then returned to Barcelona to continue his studies at the art school of La Llotja where he was to study for several years under Tomas Padro, Claudi Lorenzale and, in particular, Antoni Caba, the teacher who he most admired.

He entered the world of publishing through the guidance of his friend, writer and illustrator Apel-les Mestres. Which led to a collaborative publishing work which brought great impact on Riquer's creative activity. By 1879, he is becoming known in the art world.

The diversification of his work continued in the following years by designing jewelry, programs, furniture decoration and ceramic painting. In the year 1894, he was introduced to the movement of the pre-Raphaelites. His first trip to London in 1894 is where he discovered modern poster and that the idea of propagating the form was embraced as a missionary undertaking.

English art and Japanese art would cause a great influence on his creations. Alexandre de Riquer distinguished himself as a graphic designer with great drawing skills. He made posters, etchings, illustrations in books and magazines, certificates, postcards, stamps, menus, sheet music, business cards and bookplates.

Art Movement: Art Nouveau
Influences: Tomas Padro, Claudi Lorenzale, Antoni Caba
Traveled: France, England
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