An oil on canvas measuring 60X50 cm representing Majorque signed lower right.
Pere Ysern i Alié is a Catalan painter. It was born during the full effervescence of Catalonia, economic, cultural, political. He lived most of his life in Paris, where he discovered Impressionism. His painting owes much to the French Impressionists, he knew how to assimilate the spirit of art of that time
Then, on April 3, 1899, he and his comrades from the Académie Borrell, Pidelaserra and Fontbona went to Paris, at a time when it was a moment of great splendor magnified by the celebration of its universal exhibition, with the Eiffel Tower Which is the symbol of European change. He arrives in Paris with different aesthetic opinions and the appearance of another way of thinking proper to the old continent. In the field of art, this will result in a reaction against the idealism of the liberal empire, which is made around Gustave Courbet, as well as the school of Barbizon with Corot, Pissarro and Louis Dauvigny ... This foundation Of the landscape school will have profound repercussions on Catalan society, on artistic change. It is a France full of vitality and enriched by the industrial revolution that Pere Ysern i Alié found on arriving there. There he discovered the wall decors of the Pantheon of Puvis de Chavannes, but also the Impressionists at the Luxembourg Museum, and it was in this museum that he was for the first time confronted with the Impressionist phenomenon; He learned that shapes are what one thinks he is seeing: an appearance, and that it is necessary to abandon the drawing of the outline by substituting it with fragmented touches; He studied the great impressionists, such as Monet, Bazille, Sisley and Pissarro. He was immersed in Parisian life and frequented the Catalan circle who lived in Paris and was very familiar with the famous Parisian cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge, owned by the Catalan Josep Oller, alongside Toulouse-Lautrec. He returned to Barcelona] in 1904, but his painting is not appreciated as he thinks he deserves, it will confirm his residence in Paris, where he becomes accustomed to the Salon des Independants. Nevertheless, World War I precipitated a change of the city of Paris, the Moulin Rouge was closed for example, Montmartre lost its animation (the fire of 1915 Moulin Rouge will touch Pere Ysern i Alié, who remains faithful In Montmartre). Montparnasse will become the new neighborhood where one must be. But Father Ysern i Alié will continue to paint, under cover of new aesthetic movements and remains always as faithful to cafes, cabarets. Once the war is over, an optimistic revival will take place in Paris with the Roaring Twenties (the 1920s), which will be marked by North American presence, fox trotting and jazz.