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JOSEP COLL I BARDOLET

JOSEP COLL I BARDOLET

Josep Coll Bardolet was a Spanish painter born in  Campdenàvol (Ripollès) in 1912, the twin town of Valldemossa. He studied in Vic and in Olot. In 1936 he emigrated to Tours, where he held his first solo exhibition, and later to the Brussels Academy of Fine Art, where he remained until 1939. In 1942 he returned to Spain in order to study engraving at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. In 1940 he settled permanently in Valldemossa.

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He held exhibitions in Vic, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and the United States. His impressionist style painting is known for having depicted the landscape, farming work and Mallorcan dances with watercolour, collage and especially oil paint. He also specialised in still life painting and illustration.

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Coll Bardolet was also one of the founders of the Obra Cultural Balear (Balearic Cultural Society) in 1962, a civic institution that promotes the Catalan language and the unique culture of the Balearic Islands. In 1987 he was named an adoptive son of Valldemossa and in 1990 he received the distinction of the Creu de Sant Jordi from the Generalitat de Cataluña. It is possible to view part of his oeuvre at the  Coll Bardolet Foundation in Valldemossa.