1930: Martha

Martha Daura was born September 24th, 1930, in France. She now resides in Oregon and has generously donated her father’s art works to schools and museums, including the University of Oregon.  Martha was a common subject for her father’s work, in this pen & ink rendition of Martha at age four, we see one of the first depictions of Martha through her father’s gaze. 

Pierre Daura
Martha Behind a Chair, 1934
Pen and ink on off-white paper

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1929-30: Cercle et Carre

Joining forces with Michel Seuphor and Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Pierre Daura helped found Cercle et Carre, which emphasized abstraction and geometric constructionism as opposed to Surrealism. Though the group only lasted a short period of time, it is considered significant in the realm of modern art. Daura designed the logo for Cercle et Carre:

Pierre Daura

1929

And here is one of Daura’s abstract works:

Pierre Daura
Composition in Gray and Blue, n.d.
Oil on canvas

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Posted 6 days ago

1929: Home in Saint-Cirq

Pierre and Louise Daura moved out of Paris and into a beautiful home in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a small town in south-western France. Saint-Cirq became a sort of haven for Daura and his contemporaries, and much of Daura’s work depicts the red roofs, cliffs, and greenery that defines the town. He even painted his studio (painting now lives in the University of Oregon Law School):

Pierre Daura

Daura Studio, 1955-56

Paint

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1928: Wedding Bells

Pierre Daura met Louise Heron Blair, an American who was traveling in Paris and fell in love. They were married in 1928 and traveled Europe together. Louise was the frequent subject of Daura’s work, and they were together until her death in 1972. Here is a painting of Louise, currently housed at the University of Oregon Law School:

Pierre Daura

Louise, 1930-39

Paint

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1925: Salons and Groups

As the 1920s went on, Pierre Daura continued to find places to display his artwork. While in Paris, he exhibited his art at the Salon d’Automne, but was later rejected from it. With a few others who were rejected, such as Joaquin Torres Garcia, he exhibited at Gallery Marck. For an idea of his style in the 1920s, take a look at Asco, which is in the Terra Foundation’s collections:

Pierre Daura
Asco – Spain, ca. 1929
Etching and aquatint

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1920s: Exhibiting In Barcelona

With Agrupacio d’Artits Catalans, Pierre Daura began to exhibit his works in Barcelona. Though he identified himself as Catalan, Daura left the region both voluntarily and involuntarily throughout his young life. His paintings often reflect his surroundings, like this one, which is in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s collections:

Pierre Daura
Minorca, 1927
Etching and aquatint, ink on paper

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1919: Group of Catalan Artists

Pierre Daura was a founding member of Agrupacio d’Artists Catalans, or Group of Catalan Artists. The group generally exhibited in Barcelona, and his membership is a reminder of his strong Catalan heritage and identity. This piece, called Fatarella, is in the Georgia Museum of Art:

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Pierre Daura 
Fatarella, ca. 1929
Etching with aquatint on paper

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1914: Bonjour, Paris!

In 1914, Daura moved to Paris to pursue a career in art, and his French name, Pierre, was first used. Previously, in Catalonia, he was known as Pere. In Paris, Daura studied different styles and techniques under French artists Emile Bernard and Andre Lambert. In Rue Cujas, Tour de Clovis, Paris, located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Daura demonstrates his talent for etching:

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Pierre Daura

Rue Cujas, Tour de Clovis, Paris

1924

Etching 

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1903: The Death of Rosa de Lima Garcia y Martinez

Pierre Daura was seven years old when his mother passed away in 1903. Throughout his artistic career, “mother and child” was a common theme throughout his work. Below is an example from the Chrysler Museum collection:

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Pierre Daura

Musique Domestique 

1940

Oil on cardboard

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February 21, 1896: Pierre Daura is Born

On February 21, 1896 Pierre Daura was born in Minorca, Spain to Juan Daura y Sendra and Rosa de Lima Garcia y Martinez. Here’s a self-portrait from Lynchburg College’s collection. 

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Pierre Daura

Self-Portrait as Loyalist Soldier (Spanish Civil War)

1938

Oil on canvas

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Posted 1 month ago