TO Luís Bassat He was so surprised at the insistence of Merche, wife of Francesc Subarroca, begging him to see his works, he could not help but go to his home in Laforja Street, where he now remembers "I took one of the most pleasant surprises of my life". The house "had thousands of paintings, of a very high quality, there were even in the bathroom". But in addition, Subarroca had many more in its study of the Casc Antic, a place that the collector assures "not having seen anything similar or in Montmatre".
Fascinated by the quality of the painter, the publicist sought advice from the historian and art critic, Francesc Miralles and Núria Poch, director of Museum of Contemporary Art of Mataró. Miralles, after carefully observing the works, said that "it is much better than everything that is being exhibited today in Barcelona." The critic himself has dedicated a book: "The creative obsession" which is also the catalog of the exhibition. The critic defines Subarroca as "a marginal person of the commercial schemes" with an exclusive obsession: "the creation" that brings together a synthesis of all styles of the 20th century.
The perseverance of a woman who did not want to see the works of "my husband in the Encants" when he had died caused Luís Bassat to turn to a painter whose work has caused him a great impact, as to anyone who has known any of his picture.
The 86-year-old artist, who at nine was already attending drawing classes at the Center d'Acció Catòlica de Sarrià, before being an outstanding pupil of Frederic Marés at the School of Art of La Llotja, now stars in first solo exhibition at Nau Gaudí. "Francesc Subarroca. Works of the Col • lecció Bassat "which will be open until June 30, with free admission.
"If I make money with my works, I will be a slave to them." This is how Subarroca explains how its creation process has never been focused "on commercial demands". Hence, his work is always preceded by a pure creativity, "at my whim, without depending on anyone."
Among the paintings exhibited in the Nau Gaudí, all chosen by the artist himself, which "inspires him to the frames" highlights Gitana, El Somorrostro 1951, very representative of a key issue in its initial trajectory; the oil Nen amb pilota of 1957, a more figurative and Camp Flors, from 1971 a personal work in which no influence is recognized, halfway between cubism and magical surrealism. Of the About 5,000 paintings and 10,000 drawings signed by the painter for seven decades, the artist himself has selected 114, including 101 paintings, 11 drawings and 2 sculptures, which make up the exhibition "Subarroca. The creative obsession ".
On the fate of the rest of its huge production, Subarroca, which has no offspring, aims to establish an agreement with museums or collectors that may be of interest, for which it has the support of Bassat, who is willing to "try to help to promote his work as far as I can and will arrive ".
Although Subarroca has always prized his creative work against public life or exposing his work in galleries or museums, he is not a complete stranger in the artistic world, and on rare occasions during his life he has participated in some exhibition or has accepted orders for murals , of posters or theatrical sets. His first exhibition took place in 1970 in Porto (Portugal), with the paintings painted years before in Somorrostro, while in 1975 he exhibited in the Berdusan gallery in Zaragoza and in 2001 he is one of the artists selected to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the gallery Sokoa of Madrid, where in 2005 it shows an anthology that covers from 1954 to 1985.