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Francesc Serra Castellet was born in Barcelona in 1912 and passed away in Tossa de Mar (Girona) in 1976. This Catalan painter spent his childhood and youth in Granollers. Although he frequented the Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc and briefly attended the Llotja school, he is considered self-taught.

In the beginning, he worked as an advertising draftsman and portraitist and collaborated with literary publications in Granollers. In 1933, he held his first solo exhibition at the Sala Pares in Barcelona. He subsequently exhibited regularly in various galleries in the city, especially at the Sala Gaspar. He also presented his work in important group exhibitions, artistic competitions, and Spring Salons. Among other awards, he received the Silver Medal at the National Fine Arts Exhibition in Madrid in 1943, the Silver Medal at the "Sant Jordi" Competition in 1951, and the Gold Medal at the same Competition in 1953, as well as the prize awarded by the City Council of the same city.

The main theme of his painting is the female figure. Figures from behind, in profile, sitting, standing, in motion, etc. In Francesc Serra’s work, as an admirer of Degas, a significant influence of this French artist is evident. On occasion, he also created urban landscapes, such as works painted in Paris exhibited in 1953. In the same year, he published his essay "La aventura del Arte Contemporaneo," where he defended traditional figurative aesthetics against the excesses of avant-garde movements.

Francesc Serra’s palette is warm, refined, and of soft tones. With a firm and confident stroke, his drawings and oils exhibit great elegance and mastery. A simple everyday moment transforms effortlessly into a work of great beauty and full of sensations, creating a unique atmosphere.

Francesc Serra’s work is represented in the MNAC Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Fundació Mapfre Collection, and the Amyc Foundation, among others. It is also found in public and private collections in Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, London, Milan, Rome, Florence, Padua, Paris, Lyon, Zurich, Lausanne, Frankfurt, Stockholm, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston.

In 1977, one year after his death, the Sala Pares dedicated an exhibition in homage to him.

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