One hundred and forty three

Fragmento de la decoración de la casa Trinxet

1903 by Joaquim Mir
Fundación Francisco Godia, Barcelona

La Casa Trinxet was the house of Mir’s Uncle, built in 1930 by Puig situated near la calle Córcega in Barcelona. The house was a triumph of Modernism, exquisite in design and thus entirely decadent when it came to decoration. Mir contributed several murals to the house, which now stand as tribute to the collection as the house has sadly been dismantled. Mir’s style is curious here, paint impressionistically scattered, oppose to his other work that is decidedly less fragmented (see postcard four). It is a blur of coloured vision, a haze of dots that travel across the eye, pre-meditating Klimt’s Rosiers sous les arbres (postcard six). It is this technique that gives the painting a mysticism, an almost magical luminosity, as flowers glow as orange and yellow lamps on a bed of lush green.  It is a green that fades to the mist and transience of translucency; shafts of light turn the disappearing glade to a shade of mint, an inviting perspective for far off wandering. Colour is important in Mir’s work; in postcard four we had the pale blues and whites of Majorca’s sugar cube houses diluted into the skies above. Here we have all the warmth and freshness of a garden, intensity provided in coloured blooms, and dew that clings to leaves and grass seeped into a crisp pale green. It is a painting that transports its viewer, absorbs them into an atmosphere, fitting for a mural, which has the power to change the room it commands.



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