Project Description

Bowl by Josep Llorenz Artigas

Galerie Insighter presents:

Bowl by Spanish artist Josep Llorenz Artigas (1892-1980)
Hand-painted and glazed stoneware
Signed and inscribed underneath ‘ARTIGAS 1927’
Very good condition, just one default of emaillage at the base
H_ 8,5cm   ø_12cm   ø_4cm (at the base)


If interested in purchasing or viewing please contact Galerie Insighter.


Josep Llorens Artigas was born on June 16, 1892, in Barcelona. In 1907 he attended Escola superior d’arts i indústries i belles arts in Barcelona and in 1915 enrolled in the Escola superior de bells oficis. After visiting in 1920, Artigas moved to Paris in 1924 and opened a studio on the rue Blomet. Lacking the money to purchase a kiln, Artigas collaborated with Jean Aurenche and the brothers Jacques and Pierre Prévert on advertising films. In 1936 the Spanish Civil War forced him back to Barcelona to teach ceramics at the Escuela Massana.

Josep Llorenz Artigas et Joan Miró in their atelier.

Following an early friendship in Barcelona and Paris, Artigas and Joan Miró began their long productive collaboration on ceramic vases toward the end of World War II in 1944. In 1953 they renewed their partnership in Artigas’s small isolated studio approximately 30 km outside Barcelona in the mountainous village of Gallifa. In recognition of this integrated and collective effort between potter and painter, their ceramic works were signed by both artists. Artigas’s firing techniques reproduced the slow firing process and wood-burning kilns of the ancient Greeks. According to Artigas, the fire, smoke, and earthen clay preserved the elemental integrity of the ceramics, which Miró named terres de grand feu (firestones) for their joint 1956 exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York.

In 1957 Artigas and Miró accepted their first ceramic mural commission for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, which won them the Guggenheim International Award the following year. Artigas continued to work with Miró through the 1970s until his health required his son Joan Gardy Artigas to take over the studio. Artigas died on December 11, 1980, in Barcelona.

Artigas et Miró discussing their project for UNESCO Paris.

Josep Llorenz Artigas leaning against mural designed by artist Joan Miró on wall of
UNESCO courtyard Paris, France, 1958.