Juan Batlle Planas – Engraver

Juan Batlle Planas (Torroella de Montgrí, 1911 – Buenos Aires, 1966)

Born in Catalonia, Spain, Batlle-Planas moved to Buenos Aires with his family at the age of 2. As a teenager he worked in an engravers workshop where he honed his artistic skills and developed an impressive sense for detail. His inclination to art came from his uncle, the artist José Planas Casas. In 1926 he studied metal engraving.

Batlle-Planas was also interested in the theories of Zen philosophy and Psychoanalysis, contributing to the Surrealst nature in much of his work. He also wrote poetry.

In 1936 he made his first series called Paranoid radiographs. Since then the samples were followed with suggestive titles as The Mysteries, WHAT BIG SOS NEWELL’S, The anatomy of a city, the angel and fire, Law paranoid, Tibet, Soul, Stone, The Empordà, Image persistent Jocasta , Message, The Lama, energetic rhythms, situations, etc. In 1959 he held an exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires with 106 of his works and the following year was awarded the National Academy of Fine Arts of Argentina.

Batlle Planas was particularly interested in the form of psychology in 1953. Between 1946 and 1950, in his painting stood out a type of female figures, CALLS Noica.

In 1963, the Municipality of the City of Buenos Aires, supplemented portfolio “The neighborhood of San Telmo”, with 12 engravings by Batlle Planas. The Museum of Drawing and Illustration noted these on several occasions including at the Sivori Museum in Buenos Aires.

 Juan Batlle Planas

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