MONTGAT, 1944 Manel Bosch

His brushstroke is broad, generous with the material, of direct coloration. His canvases ooze mediterraneity.


Whether from landscape, marine or interiors, he shows a great capacity to assimilate impressionist aesthetic concepts to which, from his own personality, he gives a new vitality.

Manel Bosch began his artistic training at the Llotja and at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Arts with Teresa Llàcer. Throughout his career he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, he has received numerous awards and distinctions and his work is present in collections in Spain, USA, France, Japan, e…


by Josep M. Cadena

Manel Bosch is of those painters who, belonging as persons to an environment, know how to make of their devotion to what surrounds them their own personality. In appearance they give in to what is given to them, but in reality they carry out the difficult exercise of understanding for themselves and transmitting to others what aesthetics has of reason and motivations of life.

Born and educated in a small town of Montgat, in the Maresme region, where seafaring combined with the industrial, Manel Bosch found his pictorial motivation in the changing colors of the Mediterranean, in the clouds of a sky affected by the fumes of factories and, ultimately, in the light that struggled to be pure in the midst of the difficulties that arise from the proximity to such a populous city as Barcelona. This has developed mainly in Catalonia, where there is such a variety of inland and coastal landscapes, urban, with the solidity of large buildings and small towns that with the whitewashed white of their houses affirm the purity of intentions that beat in most human hearts.

Instinctive but at the same time rational, Manel Bosch knows how to grasp the sobering importance of the sun that, early in the morning, begins to spread over the tiles of an old peasant building to give warmth to the ideas of historical continuity. And at the same time he understands the solidity of coastal rocks that resist the onslaught of the waves because, as is well known, at other times they will be caressed by them. Just as he finds the emotion of a sun going towards the sunset -always the natural light, which is one of the main characteristics of his painting- and on a winter afternoon he warms the facades of some houses in Barcelona’s Eixample. These are impressions that acquire a wide development as they grow within a well-constructed painting, agile in its concepts and secure in its consolidation in the canvases.

A painter of the natural – one of the few who still prefer the discomfort of looking for the subject and representing it as it appears to him – Manel Bosch has in figuration a means to explain forms of social life. His paintings speak to us of the convenience of understanding and preserving the environment as a source of simple and necessary pleasures at the same time.