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Reviews

 

“His palette is sober and his subjects are unsophisticated, commonplace, sometimes modest. But they are very honest paintings, without false gleam, without hidden intentions or messages. They are art in its purest form, beautiful not pretty, thanks to him, they not only shine like a real art work does, but they are promising.”

Antoni Albareda. Exhibition Catalogue of the Group. Barcelona. 1975

 

“He practises a postimpressionism based on the medievalist vigour, illustrated by Roualt and other sensual practitioners of the succulent and vigorous painting with thick material.”

Baleares. Palma de Mallorca. 1975

 

“For Josep Cruanas the subjects are only pretexts to create different forms which he converts into expressive material. Perhaps without proposing to do so, he slips away from the problem of the universal habitat, which bothers him, in order to go beyond and offer in his expressiveness and with scarce elements – the perfect synthesis of colour, line and textures – a load of material intentionality.”

Elvira Levy. Exhibition Catalogue Galeria Dera. Palma de Mallorca. 1977

 

“In Honfleur Josep Cruanas paints once and again the green meadows, the treetops, the blue shading of the “marina” where the Seine enlarges. Although he manifests to break that relationship, it will persist with all his love.”

Rafael Manzano. Exhibition Catalogue Galeria Comas. Barcelona. 1981

 

“Cruanas’ works have a “subject”. They represent really existing objects, landscapes and buildings. But we only need to dedicate them a purely structural attention, in these paintings they achieve the soberness of the world.”

Catalogue of the Group Exhibition in Montevideo, Uruguay. 1981-82

 

“It is said of Cruanas that he sacrifices colours and folklore in order to offer us a precise image of what is the quintessence of an emotional vibration.”

R. Perello. Última Hora. Palma de Mallorca. 1983

 

“Josep Cruanas has carried his impressionism so far that one could say that he is an abstract painter who arranges his shadings in a way so they can represent something – in this case landscapes -. Up to that point this young master of the Passeig de Gracia Group knows how to handle and measure his brush-strokes, without insisting, but achieving veils and qualities at the first stroke.”

J.R. ABC, Madrid. 1984

 

“One of Cruanas’ important achievements is the creation of a balance between tonal, harmonic and sober relations, but with the necessary light reflections, without falling into opacity.”

Ma. Àngels Ferrer. Ausona. Vic. 1985

 

“The masses of superposed colours, the veils lend a certain kinship to abstraction to Cruanas initial paintings.”

Sempronio. La Vanguardia. 1988

 

“The characteristic of this painter is the soberness of his language.”

Rafael Manzano. El Noticiero Universal. Barcelona. 1989

 

“The soberness is one of the fundamental qualities of Cruanas’ work, which concerns especially the colouring, but it does not alienate from the strictness of the composition or the structure of the forms.”

La Vanguardia. Barcelona. 1989

 

“Ranges of colours, predominating the grey shades, outlined against some adjusted and expertly comprised colourful notes.”

Goya. Madrid. 1991

 

“Mental atmospheres, chromatic climates and dominant nuances impregnate and surround Cruanas’ canvases, conferring them a particular, stylistically recognizable quality and contribute evidently to the success of a work which is, despite of its dense and austere soberness, humanly rich, evocative and extremely beautiful.”

Raafel Kyoga-Berliner. Exhibition Catalogue Galeria El Claustre. Girona. 1991

 

“Cruanas always had a sensibility and a special fascination for the sea, although he is a man from the montains.”

Marti Gironell. Diari de Girona. Girona. 1994

 

“This is a poetic work that communicates serenity.”

Diari de Sabadell. Sabadell. 1996

 

“Being a solitary observer, he finds an ideal of beauty in the harmonious moderation of colours.”

Josep M. Cadena. Exhibition Catalogue Galeria Comas. Barcelona. 1998

 

“For him, the painting has to suggest something instead of explaining it.”

“The soberness of colour has made him a serene and profound artist.”

“The brush-stroke and the shading are generated through his personal way of guiding his paintbrush … the brushwork is a functional element in his painting.”

Jordi Rodriguez Amat. Exhibition Catalogue of the Rodriguez Amat Foundation. 2001

 

“What most interests him, is urban architecture as well as the ambient and atmosphere generated in its environment.”

“Until recently, in his works dominated grey and ochre shades – colours which intensify the feeling of nostalgia and romanticism in those sceneries – but now red and blue shades are becoming more important.”

Cristina Vila. Diari Emporda. 2004

 

“By means of watercolour or oil painting, as it is the case at the moment, Cruanas transforms the landscape adapting it to his creative necessities. I don’t pretend to affirm that he is not painting what he sees, but that the greyish and bluish shades of sky and buildings are more due to his imagination than to the proper reality. It is as if the humidity coming from the canals and the rainy days creates a very special atmosphere and can only be represented through neutral shades.”

Ramon Casale. Exhibition Catalogue Galeria El Claustre. Girona. 2007

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