Menchu Gal

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    • Female
    • Painter

    About the artist

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    Menchu Gal (Irún, Guipúzcoa, 7 January 19191 - San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, March 12, 2008) was a Spanish painter of the 20th century. The landscape and, to a lesser extent, the portrait are genres that gave him fame and which developed his personal attraction to color. In 1959 he received the national painting Prize, awarded for the first time a woman.

    Born in a family of wealthy and cultured, with seven years already receives the painter Gaspar Montes Iturrioz drawing classes. In 1932 he traveled to Paris and enrolled in the Academy of the painter Amédée Ozenfant. In 1934 he arrives to Madrid and entered the Academy of fine arts of San Fernando where classes Arteta and Vázquez Díaz. The outbreak of the civil war forced Menchu Gal and her family to seek refuge in France.

    In 1943 he returned to Madrid where Gutiérrez Solana puts it in contact with Benjamín Palencia, Francisco San José, Rafael Zabaleta and Juan Manuel Díaz Caneja, entering the circle of landscape architects of the second school of Vallecas, germ of young madrilenian school, named in 1946.

    In the last stage of his life he promoted support for the young generations of Basques, painters as well as the recovery of the figure of his first teacher, Montes Iturrioz (1901-1998), silent reference of the phenomenon known as school of the Bidasoa.

    Its seventy-seven years of intense pictorial life score seventy solo exhibitions and collective 232. He died in San Sebastian on March 12, 2008 at the age of 89. The Menchu Gal Hall in the building of the Hospital Sancho from Urdanibia in Irun where it is exposed the work acquired by the city in 2007 was opened in January 2010.

    Plateau landscapes castellana5 and of their native land, 6 were very soon mark of identity of its production, which filled with portraits and bodegones.7 among its many exhibitions include: "The landscape in contemporary Spanish painting", performed by the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon (1971); "Women in the Spanish art", at the centro cultural Conde-Duque, and "The school of Vallecas and a new perspective on the landscape", both in 1990. as well as his participation in the Venice Biennial three times.

    In addition to the national awards referred in 2006 received the Manuel Lekuona given annually by Eusko Ikaskuntza, the gold medal the Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa and the Gold Medal of the city of Irun. Their works are exhibited in collections such as the Museum of fine arts in Bilbao and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.

    Source: Wikipedia

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