In 1909 a third great Catalan landscape painter arrived on the scene: Hermen Anglada Camarasa. Camarasa was already a successful artist. His iridescent nocturnal scenes of Belle Epoque Paris, expressionistic scenes of dance, lively brushwork and intense colours had made him popular worldwide.
But in Mallorca, where he moved permanently from Paris at the outbreak of WWI, he was to become first and foremost a landscape painter. “Here”, says historian Charo Sanjuan, “Anglada discovered the ideal landscape for his bombastic, colourist style of painting.”
Ametllers en flor (Almond Trees in Bloom); Hermen Anglada Camarasa,
Anglada was joined in his Pollensa retreat by his followers, in the most part young painters and dilettantes from the Argentinian and Uruguayan haute bourgeoisie. Some 40 years later Argentinian artist Tito Cittadini recalled his reasons for moving to Mallorca, putting it down to “Anglada’s descriptions. He’d draw the island for me on café tables in Montparnasse.”
With this new influx of artists, Mallorcan landscape painting became a renowned and flourishing school. “From this moment on,” says Francesc Miralles, “every painter on the island is a landscape painter and avant-garde movements never took root.”
Camarasa died in Pollença, on the island of Mallorca, and is commemorated by a bronze bust on the ‘Pine Walk’ at Port de Pollença.