Joaquín Callabed exhibits an intimate collection of watercolours at the Barcelona Medical Association
Joaquín Callabed, president of the Spanish Club of Social Paediatrics and elected academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), exposes until next Sunday, April 15, at the Barcelona Medial Association (Paseo de la Bonanova, 47, access via Vilanala street) the collection of watercolours “De París a Barcelona” (From Paris to Barcelona). On Thursday, at 7.00 pm, Josep Fèlix Bentz, president of the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona, will make a presentation of the exhibition.
Doctor of Medicine and recognized specialist in Paediatrics and Childcare, Callabed trained as a painter in the Association of Watercolourists of Catalonia, founded by the painter Joan Baixas, and expanded his studies in Paris with André Renoux. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Nobles and Fine Arts of Saint Louis. The watercolours of Paris, with beautiful urban landscapes, show their love for the neighbourhoods of Saint Germain and Montmartre, with scenes such as “La Cremaillère”, “Place du Tertre” or “Fantasía para la iglesia del Sacré Coeur”, a work in the which prints a lyrical surrealist air. From Saint Germain select bookstores appear as “L’Écume des Pages” or “Librerie des Femmes” on Seine street, or classic corners and bistros.
The soft surrealist lyricism continues in Barcelona with the Romanesque churches in “Fantasía para Santa Ana” and “Sant Climent de Taüll”, which emerges sweetly from a palette suspended in the air. The church of Saint Bartholomew and Saint Tecla of Sitges walks with soft brushstrokes on the waters as in a verse by Shelley. Like a Parisian mirror, there are also bars for coffee or social gatherings such as Zurich or Café de la Ópera, on Barcelona’s Rambla. An original sample, creative, sensitive and well resolved in the difficult art of watercolor, with the personal interpretation of the author before the themes that parade through his retina in his beloved cities.