0135 Barradas' Vibrationism and its Catalan Context

  • M. Lluïsa Faxedas Brujats (Author)
    Universitat de Girona, Spain

    María Lluïsa Faxedas (*1974) holds a PhD in Art History and is a Lecturer in Modern Art and Catalan Art History at Universitat de Girona (Spain). She’s a member of the Chair on Contemporary Art and Culture, and participates in many research projects. She has curated exhibitions and has published articles and texts on a variety of subjects, mainly on different aspects of Catalan Art and Modern and Contemporary Art and Culture. She has also been involved in the organization of symposiums, conferences and other research activities on these subjects.

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Rafael Barradas' Vibrationism is often recognised, together with Planism and Ultraism, as one of the first avant-garde movements to emerge in Spain. However, little attention has been paid to its intellectual roots and its Catalan and European context. This paper will examine the birth of Vibrationism as the Uruguayan painter's response to his contact both with the European avant-garde, in particular Futurism and Simultaneism, and especially with the Catalan context in which it appeared. The brief story of the movement shows us how some of the more consistent answers to the pictorial issues raised by the European avant-garde of the 1910s were to be found in what has traditionally been understood as its periphery.


Rafael Barradas, Vibrationism, Joaquín Torres-García, Celso Lagar, avant-garde