The name Apel·les Fenosa (Barcelona, 1899 – Paris, 1988) is linked to those of the great poets of the 20th century: Max Jacob, who presented his first exhibition at Galerie Percier in 1921; Jean Cocteau; Jules Supervielle; Louis Aragon; Francis Ponge; and Henri Michaux. His work has a fundamentally lyrical component and has been discussed in terms of primal expression, embodying a magical palpitation of matter and poetry. In his sketches, Fenosa combined imprecise fine lines with the bold and decided strokes of a sculptor’s drawing.
In 1920 he settled in France fleeing from the war in Morocco. He frequented artistic circles and discovered the collections of Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaic Greek Sculpture at the Louvre Museum and Musée Guimet. Picasso became his main supporter. Fenosa lived in Barcelona during the years of the Spanish Republic and participated in the preservation of artistic heritage during the Spanish Civil War. In 1939 he was exiled in France and worked intently on public sculpture projects and international exhibitions.
With romantic rooms and large gardens, the 16th century house he acquired in El Vendrell is currently home to the foundation in charge of preserving his legacy.