Portrait of Manuel Rodríguez Codolà
Otero Camps, Jaume [Maó, 1888 - Barcelona, 1945]
Technique: Painted plaster
Dimensions: 50 x 20 x 20 cm
Date: c.1940
Generic classification: Sculpture
General inventari: 37 E
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Provenance: This was probably one of the works which the Academy collected from the artist’s workshop after his death. The bronze item listed below (0036 E) was cast from this plaster. Otero probably executed it in 1940 for the Academy’s tribute to Manuel Rodríguez Codolà, the person who had been appointed secretary of the institution in 1903 and still served as such, and to whom the sculptor was a very close friend. Jaume Otero was pupil and collaborator of Manuel Fuxà. In 1906 he won an educational grant and left for Paris and Brussels, where he returned a second time thanks to a financial aid from Barcelona’s City Council. In Paris he collaborated with Albert Bartholomé. The works of Otero, above all those prior to approximately 1925 are a symbiosis of the classical Noucentisme (a Catalan cultural movement at the beginning of the twentieth century) and the decorative Art Decó.

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