HUGUÉ, Manolo (Barcelona, 1872 – Caldas de Montbui, Barcelona, 1945). .
Manolo Hugué trained at the school of Lonja in Barcelona.
He moved to Paris in 1900 where he would reside for ten years. Whilst there, he would design jewellery and work on small-scaled sculptures influenced by his friend, sculptor and goldsmith Paco Durrio.
Between 1910-1917, he dedicated himself to sculpture and worked in Ceret. He would bring together a diverse group of artists including Juan Gris, Joaquín Sunyer and Picasso. During those years he exhibited in Barcelona, Paris and New York.
In 1932, he was appointed academic at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Jorge in Barcelona.
The fundamental theme of Hugué’s work is the relationship between nature and the human figure as the object integrated in it.
His artistry displays knowledge of the Mediterranean tradition of ancient Greek classicism and the art of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia together with the European avant-garde art movement, which he incorporated into his work – specifically the Fauvism and Cubism of Matisse.
Hugué works can be found at the MACBA, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, National Art Museum of Catalan and National Art Museum of Queen Sofia and many others.