Alvar Sunol was born in Montgat near Barcelona, Catalunya
in 1935. Alvar is one of Spain's major living artists. Alvar began formal
studies at the Escuel Superior de Bellas Artes de San Jorge in Barcelona
and won the Young Painter's Prize in 1956. The following year the Instituit
Francais awarded him the First Prize of the Circulo Maillo, a scholarship
to Paris. His studies in Paris led to the formation of an "Ecole de Paris"
group show at the Galerie Chapentier. Alvar exhibits regularly in Paris
and continues to win international prizes. Besides regular shows in France
and Spain, Alvar's art is exhibited in museums and international art expositions
including venues in United States, Tokyo, Sweden, Alexandria, Switzerland,
Tel Aviv, and London.
The work displayed below is a classic Alvar image, a lithograph print representative of Alvar's innovative printmaking techniques. A simple drawing is superimposed with more than seven colors and color gradations, and textures. Through motifs such as the stylized figure in this composition, the lace, flowers, and dove, Alvar shows appreciation for the values and habits of uncomplicated people.
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