Aguilar Marcó, Fidel [Girona, 1894 - 1917]
Technique: Terracotta, black technique and "argerata" patina
Dimensions: 32 x 16 x 11 cm
Date: 1916-1917
Generic classification: Sculpture
General inventari: 69 E
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Provenance: bequeathed to the Academy by Joan Costa Simon, brother and heir of Dr Josep M. Costa Simon, in December 1995. Came to the Academy’s Museum: December 1nd 1995. Bibliography: Vell i Nou 15/8/1917 (reprod.) i 1/9/1917; Frederic Marcó 1993, p. 7; Comadira/Tarrús 1996, p. 81 (reprod.); Fàbrega 1994, p. 76-77. After Aguilar’s death, in 1924, the house Marcó de Quart located near to Girona made a quite large edition series of this work, as well as of all Aguilar’s sculptural work in terracotta. They were produced in accordance with the architect Rafael Masó, who had been Aguilar’s discoverer. Some of these works were shown at the Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Modern Industries in Paris in 1924 (D’Ací D’Allà (Barcelona), no. 93, September 1925, p. 294). The “argerata technique”, as Rafael Masó called it, was simply a more refined method developed from the traditional process by Quart applied to ceramics hardened during two firings. It was popularly known as “black ceramic” and its origins go back to the Neolithic period.

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