Apel·les Mestres (Barcelona, 1854 - 1936), writer, drawer and musician. As a writer he cultivated poetry, theatre and prose, which he often mixed in his work. He made his name through the ilustrations, of both his own books and from others, and he won the critiques and the public acclaim. He conceived books as global art objects, for this reason books like Vobiscum (1892) and Liliana (1907) are considered Modernism bibliophyle master art works. Most of his lyric and dramatic work has music by composers like Enric Granados, Amadeu Vives, Enric Morera, Josep Rodoreda, etc. He also dedicated himself to musical composition, often with his own lyrics, production that has been popularized especially by Emili Vendrell and Conxita Badia. From the awards he obtained one could emphasize the Mestre en Gai Saber dels Jocs Florals de Barcelona (1908), the Cross of the Légion d'Honneur from the french government (1920) and the Gold Medal of the city of Barcelona (1935).
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Documentation: Rosa Massanés.
Translation by Josep Miàs.