"Bailar Flamenco - Pere Ysern Y Alié (1875-1946)"An oil on canvas measuring 81X65 cm (without measuring the frame) representing a tavern with Flamenco dancers signed lower right.
Pere Ysern i Alié is a Catalan painter. He was born during the full effervescence of Catalonia, economic, cultural, political. He lived most of his life in Paris, where he discovered Impressionism. His painting owes a lot to the French impressionists, he was able to assimilate the spirit of the art of this time Then on April 3, 1899, with his comrades from the Borrell Academy, Pidelaserra and Fontbona, he left for Paris at the time where it is a moment of great splendor magnified by the celebration of its Universal Exhibition, with the Eiffel Tower which is the symbol of European change. He arrived in Paris with different aesthetic opinions and the appearance of another way of thinking specific to the old continent. In the field of art, this will result in a reaction against the idealism of the liberal empire, which is built around Gustave Courbet, and the Barbizon school with Corot, Pissarro and Louis Dauvigny ... This foundation of the landscape school will have profound repercussions on Catalan society, on artistic change. It is a France full of vitality and enriched by the industrial revolution that Pere Ysern i Alié found when he arrived there. He will discover the wall decorations of the Pantheon by Puvis de Chavannes, but also the impressionists at the Luxembourg Museum, it is in this museum that he will be confronted for the first time with the impressionist phenomenon; he learned there that shapes are what we think we see: an appearance, and that it is necessary to abandon the outline drawing by replacing it with fragmented touches; he studied the great impressionists, such as Monet, Bazille, Sisley and Pissarro. He is immersed in Parisian life and frequents the Catalan circle which resided in Paris and rubbed shoulders with famous Parisian cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge, owned by Catalan Josep Oller, there he rubbed shoulders with Toulouse-Lautrec. He will return to Barcelona shortly] in 1904, but his painting is not appreciated as he thinks it deserves, so this will confirm his residence in Paris, where he becomes a regular at the Salon des Indépendants. Nevertheless, the First World War will precipitate a change of the city of Paris, we close the Moulin Rouge for example, Montmartre loses its animation (the fire of 1915 of the Moulin Rouge will affect Pere Ysern i Alié, who nevertheless remains faithful in Montmartre) .Montparnasse will become the new district where we must be. But Father Ysern i Alié will continue to paint, under cover of new aesthetic movements and remains as faithful to cafes and cabarets as ever. Once the war is over, an optimistic revival will gain Paris with the Roaring Twenties (the 1920s) which will be marked by the North American presence, fox-trot and jazz.