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Jesús Carles de Vilallonga
Jesús Vilallonga, 2009 -photo credit-K. Slusher.jpg
Jesús Carles de Vilallonga in 2009
Born(1927-03-10)March 10, 1927
DiedAugust 5, 2018(2018-08-05) (aged 91)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
NationalitySpanish & Canadian
Known forPainting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics
MovementPoetic Realism, Expressionism, Symbolism

Jesús Carles de Vilallonga i Rosell (1927, Santa Coloma de Farners, Spain - 2018, Barcelona, Spain) was a Spanish/Canadian figurative artist who worked primarily in the medium of egg tempera. He is best known for his richly textured paintings in an intricate, highly colored style that is not easy even though everything is readily intelligible: male and females characters, beasts, forests, architectural structures and artifacts.[1] Vilallonga's iconography draws from a broad and complex painting tradition ranging from Romanesque art, the Renaissance, and Surrealism, while maintaining his own contemporary style.[2]. His work is sometimes related to Symbolism and his production is always enhanced by the contributions of abstraction. He works with the "inner eye" which Freud described as the most profound and the most intelligent, in a sojourn through nature and man's hidden interior.[3]

Vilallonga exhibited widely in Europe, Canada, and the United States and his oeuvre includes bronze and resin sculpture, watercolor paintings, design objects, and different print mediums including screen print, etching, lithography, and digital art[4]. He was awarded the National Order of Québec in 2011 [5] and Fill Predilecte in Santa Coloma de Farners, Spain in 2015[6].

Life and career

The fourth child of Salvador de Vilallonga i Corominas and Maria Dolors Rosell i Planes de Farners, Jesús Carles Isidre de Vilallonga i Rosell was born on March 10, 1927. His father was a wealthy landowner whose family documents, now deposited in the Arxiu Comarcal de la Selva, date back to the 13th century[7]. His parents were patrons of the arts and often had artists vacation at their summer home, the 15th-century family estate Mas Parés located in the village of Sant Martí Sapresa. At the age of five, Vilallonga made his first drawings there alongside the Catalan impressionist painter Joaquim Mir.

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) shattered the family's bucolic lifestyle.[8] When Vilallonga was eleven years old, his father, Salvador de Vilallonga, who had been in hiding during much of the war, first in a secret part of the house, then later in artist's studio in Barcelona, was killed when he tried to cross over to France through the Pyrenees. Maria Dolors, with her eight children, left Santa Coloma de Farners and relocated to an apartment in Girona[9].

Ikara, mixed media sculpture, 2008

In 1948, Vilallonga moved to Barcelona where he studied drawing along with Joan Ponç at Ramón Rogent's studio and took architecture classes at the University of Barcelona. Convinced that he wanted to dedicate his life to being an artist, he continued to exhibit and win prizes for his watercolor paintings, painted frescos in two different chapels, designed murals and mosaics for a large hotel on the Mediterranean coast, and studied painting with Marcel Gromaire at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He traveled throughout Europe, stopping in Rome to visit his friend the painter Jaume Muxart, and finally ended up in Copenhagen, selling his recently painted watercolors in the squares of major cities along the way to pay his expenses.

Barco de la vida, 1984

In 1954, he accepted a mural commission in Montréal and that move proved decisive to his art career[10]. To cover his expenses, he had the ingenious idea of painting watercolors of the wealthy homes in Westmount and selling the paintings to their owners. He sang and played the guitar in clubs, designed the costumes and set designs for a ballet at the National Ballet of Canada, and briefly taught Spanish at the Université de Montréal.

In 1958, Vilallonga signed an exclusive contract with Max Stern, owner of the prestigious Dominion Gallery in Montréal, who was responsible for introducing the contemporary European artists Henry Moore, Marino Marini, Van Dongen and Picabia in Canada [11]. His early paintings were in oil in an expressionistic style, alongside his trademark egg tempera paintings on board. Vilallonga's contract with the gallery continued for thirty years until the death of Dr. Stern.

Vilallonga married Madeleine Kirouac, a Canadian widow with two young daughters in 1959 and they had two more daughters. The family divided their time between Cadaqués, Montréal, and Barcelona. In 1981, Vilallonga met Katherine Slusher, an American art historian in Barcelona, and they were married in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec in 1989. They resided in Barcelona until Vilallonga's death in 2018[12]

Circus II, 1983

Jesús Carles de Vilallonga's paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings are the subject of numerous books and documentaries and are in museums, universities, and private collections throughout the world[13]. His extensive body of work has been exhibited in individual exhibitions at the Lefevre Gallery in London, Sagittarius Gallery in New York, Galería Juana Mordó in Madrid, Art Contemporain in Paris, Dau al Set in Barcelona, and multiple galleries in Canada. Retrospectives of his work were held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in California in 2000 [14], the Parisian Laundry in Montréal in 2006 [15], and the Museu Casa de la Paraula in Spain in 2015 [13]. The Université de Montréal[16] and Concordia University [17] house large public works by Vilallonga.

Dream of a Dream, 1975, private collection
Dancers II, 1994


Museum and public collections

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Canada
  • Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, France
  • Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, Spain
  • Université de Montréal
  • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec[18]
  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
  • Syracuse University Art Collection, New York
  • University of Toronto Art Center, Toronto
  • Bibliothèque Nationale du Canada, Ottawa
  • Fundació La Caixa, Col.lecció Testimoni, Barcelona
  • Musée de l'Université de Sherbrooke, Québec
  • Château Saint Fargeau, Yonne, France
  • Richards Gallery, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Canada
  • Palau Fontana d'Or, Girona, Spain
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Canada
  • Museu de Cadaqués, Spain
  • Concordia University, Montréal
  • Bronfman Collection, Montréal
Portraits, 1985-2001
Caball blu intens, 1980
Cloister of Dreams, metal book sculpture, 1993


  • Jesús de Vilallonga, Drawings, Symbols and Signs, Museu Casa de la Paraula, Santa Coloma de Farners, 2015 ISBN 8460686329 ISBN 978-8460686323
  • Vull Inventar Jesús Vilallonga, Ajuntament de Santa Coloma de Farners, 2015 ISBN 8460691276 ISBN 978-8460691273
  • Vilallonga , Parisian Laundry, Montréal, Québec, 2006
  • Livre D' Heures, Vilallonga, Jesús de, Editions Leméac, Montréal, 2005 ISBN 2760932680 ISBN 978-2760932685
  • Le regard des mots, Vigneault, Gilles et Vilallonga,J.C. de, Ed. Broquet, Montréal, Québec, 2005 ISBN 2-89000-683-2
  • Vilallonga: Poetic Symbolism from Barcelona, Thousand Oaks, California, 2000ISBN 0-9700887-0-1.
  • Vilallonga: Les lieux du rêve / Cloister of Dreams, De Moura Sobral, Luís Editions Broquet (bilingual edition), Montréal, 1993 ISBN 2890003728 ISBN 978-2890003729
  • J.C. Vilallonga: Poet of Inner Vision, Spicer, Malcolm Editorial Juventud, Barcelona, 1978
  • Vilallonga, Descharnes, Robert Editorial Juventud (French and English editions), Barcelona, 1971



  1. ^ Daniel Giralt-Miracle, Vilallonga: Les lieux du rêve / Cloister of Dreams, De Moura Sobral, Luís Editions Broquet (bilingual edition), Montréal, 1993
  2. ^ de Moura Sobral, Luis (August 29, 1983). "L'iconographie de Vilallonga". Vie des arts. 28 (112): 40-42 – via
  3. ^ Daniel Giralt-Miracle, Vilallonga: Les lieux du rêve / Cloister of Dreams, De Moura Sobral, Luís Editions Broquet (bilingual edition), Montréal, 1993
  4. ^ Jones, Kira (March 1, 2012). "Dreaming Barcelona". (
  5. ^ "Jesus Carles De Vilallonga Rosell - Ordre national du Québec".
  6. ^ "Jesús Carles de Vilallonga ja és oficialment Fill Predilecte de Santa Coloma - Tribuna Selvatana - Diari comarcal de La Selva - Actualitat, notícies, opinió..." Tribuna Selvatana.
  7. ^ Vàzquez, Eva. "Jesús Vilallonga eixampla l'arxiu de la Selva amb el seu llegat - 03 gen 2016". El Punt Avui.
  8. ^ Vilallonga, Descharnes, Robert Editorial Juventud (French and English editions), Barcelona, 1971, p. 9.
  9. ^ Vilallonga: Les lieux du rêve / Cloister of Dreams, De Moura Sobral, Luís Editions Broquet (bilingual edition), Montréal, 1993
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Dominion Gallery fonds: Finding Aid".
  12. ^ "Jesus Vilallonga est décédé .
  13. ^ a b Jesús de Vilallonga, Drawings, Symbols and Signs, Museu Casa de la Paraula, Santa Coloma de Farners, 2015
  14. ^ "Spanish Dreams". Los Angeles Times. June 4, 2000.
  15. ^ Vilallonga , Parisian Laundry, Montréal, Québec, 2006
  16. ^ "Réalité cosmique - Art pour tous, les oeuvres publiques de l'Université de Montréal s'exposent / Centre d'exposition de l'UdeM".
  17. ^ "Jesús Carles de Vilallonga".
  18. ^ "Jesús Carles de Villalonga".

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