Girona from Sant Daniel
New painting by Jesús Portas (Girona, 1917-1991) at History Museum.
[ ENLARGE PICTURE ]
19 MAY 2011 – 11 DECEMBER 2011 (Sala El Celler)
Girona City Council recently purchased a new oil painting is a landscape from the artist’s early period, showing the direct influence of his first teacher, Josep Aguilera. Portas began his professional career as an illustrator for La Vanguardia newspaper and for the two-volume Xilografies Gironines by Joan Amades (1947-1948). From the 1940s onwards, he exhibited his works mainly in Girona, often as one of the 'Three Painters' group with Isidre Vicens and Eduard Vila i Fàbrega. The same three painters were also part of the 'Girona Group' (1964-1972), together with Emília Xargay, Domènec Fita and Torres Monsó.
He was also an excellent engraver, poster artist and mural painter, producing murals for Girona Chamber of Commerce (1962) and Girona-Costa Brava Airport (1967). Portas' naturalist landscapes were devoid of anecdotic features. He conceived his painting from a geometric structuralism, which remains after application of the pictorial layer