(Murcia, 1897-París, 1967)
Being considered as one of the greatest painters of the School of Paris, Pedro Flores starts his painting education in the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the State and in the Circle of Fine Arts. Very soon he gets in touch with the painters Garay and Ramón Gaya and the sculptor José Planes and together they begin to put on their first individual exhibitions. His first stage is marked by the aspects of the naturalistic paintings that he abandons step by step just in order to go deep into the echoes of the post-cubanism and Picassian neoclassicism.
In 1928 thanks to a Deputy scholarship he goes to Paris and stays there till 1933. There together with his friends Garay and Gaya he holds an exposition in the famous Galerie des Quatre Chemins. Two years later an individual exhibition is staged in the Dalmau Galleries; the preface to its catalogue is written by the art critic Sebastià Gasch. Next three years (1933-1936) he spends giving classes in the Balmes Institute of Barcelona. He takes part in the expositions of the Society of the Spanish Artists in Copenhagen (1932), Berlin (1932) and Paris (1936). In 1937 he becomes one of the participants of the Pabellon of the Republic in the International Exhibition in Paris and when it is over, he settles down in Paris.
His painting changes completely not only in the subject-matter but also in the composition. It is of vital importance to Pedro Flores to use the sombre colours, especially the black, which approaches him to the paintings of Goya and Solana. Jean Cassou said to the French critics the following, “Pedro Flores has the same significance for the modern Spanish painting as Federico Garcia Lorca for the modern Spanish poetry”.
The optimist aspect disappears giving way to melancholic paintings of docks and languid ballet dancers.
His works are represented in the most important European and American collections like in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris or the Museum of Fine Arts in Puerto Rico.
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