Bagaría at El Sol
Luis Bagaría, one of the leading Spanish cartoonists of the first half of the 20th century, trained in Barcelona at the end of the 19th century, a period during which there was a rejection of Restoration values.
The newspaper El Sol, with its liberal and regenerationist ideology, was launched on 1 December 1917 by Nicolás María de Urgoiti and soon attracted the enthusiastic collaboration of José Ortega y Gasset, who was to provide the main ideological inspiration for the publication as well becoming its star contributor.
It was inevitable that the paths of the cartoonist and the newspaper crossed, and over the 14 years of their working relationship, Bagaria captured the critical spirit of the publication, which coincided with his own ideas. Pacifism, condemnation of nationalism, anti-militarism, the superiority of natural over civilized order and highlighting injustice all come through in his vignettes.
The Fundación MAPFRE collections include nearly five hundred of Bagaría's sketches from this fruitful creative period. A selection of about one hundred of them will be on display in Fundación MAPFRE Guanarteme from 12 September.
The exhibition shows us how the artist documents, analyzes and recreates the deterioration of the Restoration regime and its inauspicious start with the coup d'état led by Primo De Rivera; a period during which there was a fierce and tenacious struggle against censorship. Original documents, press cuttings and photos from the period support Bagaría's drawings and provide context for the realities summed up in his vignettes.
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