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Pierre Daura, Catalan-American Modernist: People, Places, and Things

September 28 to December 11, 2005

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art and Print Study Center


Pierre Daura (American, born Spain, 1896 - 1976) was a member of a radical generation of artists who shaped the development of European modernism from the 1910s to the 1930s. The richness of his art reflects the diverse experiences of his life - growing up in Catalonia, Spain, maturing as an artist in Paris, moving to the small French village of Saint Cirq-Lapopie, participating in the Spanish Civil War, and finally relocating to Rockbridge Baths, Virginia. After settling in America during World War II, Daura focused his art on the landscape, still life, and the figure. Selected from a major gift to the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center from the artist's daughter, Martha Randolph Daura, the exhibition of drawings, watercolors, prints, and oil paintings highlights the major themes of Daura's long career as an artist.

Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition is presented concurrently in the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art and the Print Study Center. Co-curators are Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums, and Bradley Jane Wright, '06, marketing major, University of Richmond, and 2005 Harnett Summer Research Fellow. As part of her fellowship and continuing research this semester, she has written the exhibition's extended labels and the essay in this brochure.

We thank Martha Randolph Daura for her generosity to the University Museums, and we are deeply grateful to her for this gift to our collection. Thomas Mapp has been truly helpful with this project, and we thank him.

With this generous donation, the Harnett Print Study Center is now a prominent repository of works by Pierre Daura, and we look forward to sharing his art with our students, scholars, and visitors. The exhibition is made possible in part with funds from the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund and the support of the Daura Foundation.

Richard Waller

Executive Director

University of Richmond Museums

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Richmond, VA


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Pierre Daura, Catalan-American Modernist: People, Places, and Things