Casimir Martínez Tarrassó (Barcelona, 1898-1980)
Casimir Martínez Tarrassó was born in Sarriá in 1900. He is the son of Francesc Martínez Juárez and Maria Teresa Tarrassó Benet. With the age of seven he is enrolled in the art school, when the minimum age of entrance is nine years old. He works in a trade company and paints on Sundays. In 1928 he made his first exhibition at the Galeries Laietanas in Barcelona. In 1940 he exhibited at the Augusta Galleries in Barcelona and traveled to Mallorca for the first time, exhibiting in various places on the island such as Santanyí or Llucmajor. In 1950 he made his first trip abroad, Paris being his destination. In 1958 he made a collection dedicated to the gardens of Mallorca and Montnegre, in Girona, to the Sala Loscertales in Barcelona. In 1962 he won the Pollença prize. In the following years he will exhibit at the Galleries Costa de Palma, at Mundi Art in Barcelona, at the Balaguer house, at the Nou-Cents Gallery in Barcelona, and in 1973 he obtains the 1st Painting Medal at the 32 Salón de Otoño, recognition that it is added to similar ones obtained previous years. Finally he died in Barcelona in 1980. Tarrassó followed in the steps of the great Catalan landscape painters, especially Joaquín Mir, with a distinct personality in his cultivation of the Catalan and Mallorcan landscape. His work is present in the most important public and private collections in Spain. The Government of the Balearic Islands dedicated him in 1991 an anthological exhibition in Sa Llonja (Palma) and published an illustrated catalog. The City Council of Santanyí dedicated in 2005 in the Municipal House of Culture a tribute exhibition.