José Maria Sert

José María Sert (Barcelona, 1874-1945), one of the great Spanish muralists, was one of the most sought-after and controversial artists of his time. A descendant of the Catalan Renaixença (Renaissance) and trained in Modernism, he crafted his pictorial style on the stylistic trends of the time, applying aspects of Orientalism, the Baroque and a kind of Goya-esque Expressionism, as well as a potent imagination, to create and adapt themes based on a grandiloquent narrative. These characteristics made him an innovator of mural painting and a prolific artist, painting over seven thousand square metres in cathedrals, palaces, large rooms, private residences and town halls in various cities during his career.