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Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
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Blay y Fábrega, Miguel

Olot, Gerona, 1866 - Madrid, 1936

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1919. Marble. Not on display

A posthumous portrait that Blay sculpted as a straightforward and intimate memento of his fifth son, Miguel Blay Pichard, Miguelito, who died on April 23, 1918. That is why his parents’ given names appear on the sides. The boy’s life, cut short at the age of seven years, nine months, is symbolized in a sober and unpretentious fashion in low-relief on the front of the pedestal: the broken trunk of a young tree that was growing within the bounds of a small hoop.

The artist sought to transmit the liveliness and optimism of a young boy in a very serene rendering of the head that clearly reveals his outer appearance. The straight hair that partially covers his forehead was one of his most characteristic features, as can be seen in one of the last photos of father and son -now in a private collection- smiling together in Blay’s studio. His parents’ sadness at this tragic event imbued the work with a nostalgia that led Bufill (1993, p. 33), who undoubtedly knew the circumstances, to qualify it as a “pathetic child’s head.” And Blay may have been inspired by this tragedy when he designed the Christ of Peace for the Jesuit basilica of El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús in Gijon, which he had begun somewhat earlier and presented in Madrid in 1924 (Text drawn from Azcue, L.: Solidez y belleza. Miguel Blay en el Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2016, pp. 33-34).

Technical data

Inventory number
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
Height: 47 cm; Width: 16 cm; Base/bottom: 20 cm; Weight: 23 Kg
Museo de Arte Moderno

Bibliography +

Helios, Cuestiones palpitantes de España y América. Las opiniones del ilustre escultor D. Miguel Blay, La Ilustración española y americana, 1916 30 de marzo, pp. 188.

Exposición homenaje en memoria de Miguel Blay, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 1942, pp. 28.

Dueñas y García, M A.García Cavero, A, MEAC: Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, I, Subdirección General de Museos Patronato Nacional de Museos, 1983, pp. 77.

Escultura figurativa (1900-1950) en las colecciones del Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo de Madrid., Centro Regional de Bellas Artes Ayuntamiento de Leganés, 1986, pp. 25.

Julio Antonio y su tiempo, Consejería de Cultura, Dirección General del Patrimonio., 1989, pp. 64.

Barral, X, Un any d' adquisicions, donacions i recuperacions, MNAC, Barcelona, 1992, pp. n.13.

Bufill, J, Trece siglos de arte en el MNAC, ABC cultural, 1993 22 enero, pp. 33.

Ferrés i Lahoz, Pilar, Miquel Blay i Fàbrega (1866-1936): catàleg raonat, Publicaciones Universitat, Barcelona, 1994.

Ferrés, P, Miquel Blay i Fábrega 1866-1936 La escultura del sentimiento, Caja de Segovia, Segovia, 2001, pp. 111.

Ferrés i Lahoz, Pilar, Miquel Blay i Fàbrega (1866-1936). Itinerari artístic, Editora de Batet, Olot, 2004.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, 'La collecció d' obres de Miquel Blay al Museo del Prado' En:, Museu d´Art de Girona,, 2016, pp. 70-72.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, 'Miguel Blay y Fábrega. Miguelito' En:, Solidez y belleza: Miguel Blay en el Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2016, pp. 32-35 n.4 f.21,22.

Inscriptions +

Miguel Blay / 1919 [En la base a la derecha]
Signed and dated. Base

1910 1918




Exhibitions +

Solidity and Beauty Miguel Blay at the Museo del Prado
19.04.2016 - 02.10.2016

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 29-03-2016

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