La soledad del atleta (1992) / Citius, altius, fortius (1992)

The Solitude of the Athlete (1992) /Citius, altius, fortius (1992)

The long artistic career of Mariano Rubio (Calatayud, 1926) is characterised by the absolute coherence that arises from his affiliation with renaissance ideals applied to art, not only in his pictoric and graphic output, but also in his work as a teacher and in his extensive work as a student of graphic art.



The democratisation of the political system which facilitated internal artistic development and international relations, together with the intense commercialisation of the artistic phenomenon, resulted in the strong development of plastic arts during the 80s. However, enthusiasm waned in the final decade of the century, although the work and quality of the artists did not.

Estilita (1952)


The stylite is a recurring figure in the work of Lluís M. Saumells (Gironella, 1915 - Tarragona, 1999), an object of investigation which lead him to abstraction and the elementary reduction of forms.

A stylite is a type of Christian anchorite who lives in solitude, isolated from the community to avoid temptation and who dedicates his existence to prayer and penitence, living on a platform placed at the top of a column or pillar.

Sortint del bany (1925)

Coming out of the sea

Coming out of the sea is a sculptural work by Salvador Martorell (La Canonja, 1895 - Tarragona, 1968) produced with stone from La Sènia, which was awarded a gold medal in the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts of Paris in 1925. This work depicts a woman coming out of the sea, represented by a square base with a bunch of tulips engraved in relief at the front, while at the rear it insinuates waves that surround the legs of the figure.