Described as an "intellectual artist," he was also a pioneer of a contemporary, multi-disciplinary approach to art conservation, and published a number of works on the subject as well as conducting workshops on restoration and conservation work. He was born in Barcelona. His father, Josep Arrau i Estrada,was a noted painter of the Campeny generation;  his grandfather and great-grandfather were sculptors.
The French invasion of forced his parents to leave Barcelona and seek refuge in Reuswhere he first displayed talent for drawing. They returned home in and, the following year, he began studying Latin at the Colegio Tridentino. Soon after, he received his first art lessons from his father, but they were ended after a short time by his father's premature death.
He was at la Llotja From towhere he received several prizes at their exhibitions. Inhe visited Milanwhere he took lessons from Giuseppe Molteni. The following year he returned home, by way of France, and established his own studio in Barcelona, where he specialized in portraits. Inhe made a second trip to Italy with his good friend, the physicist, Joan Agell i Torrents. While there, Agell studied electricity and Arrau produced a painting of the Convent of Santa Caterina and a portrait of his friend.
His first commercial success came in with a portrait of King Fernando VIIdressed in Las Barbas De San José (Castilla) - Unknown Artist - Cuatro Villancicos Regionales uniform of the Order of the Golden Fleecewhich he researched in Madrid so he could render the details accurately.
Afterhe made several presentations at the "Real Academia de Ciencias y Artes de Barcelona", once again reflecting his eclectic interests; covering the history of art, natural sciences, the new daguerrotyping processes and Chevreul's work on the chemistry of dyes.
Many of these were published as pamphlets. A particular area of interest was the subject of art conservation and restoration. He deplored restoration work carried out by inexperienced restorers and called for new restoration procedures to repair the mistakes that had been made in the past.
He wrote a number of essays and conducted workshops in which he outlined advances in scientific research that could be applied to the restoration of paintings.
As such, he was a pioneer of a multi-disciplinary approach to restoration and conservation. He was equally exacting in his vision for the training of art conservation methods. He married Teresa Roger in at the age of fifty-two and, in his later years, concentrated entirely on portraits.
After his death, his widow donated three artworks to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, in accordance with her husband's wishes. Arrau was not only a prolific painter, but also a prolific writer. He published works on a diverse range of topics, and was one of the first artists to explore the possibilities of photography for artists.
He also maintained personal journals in which he recorded his views on a variety of art subjects. These journals are now in the collection of the Archives of the City of Barcelona, where they have proved to be very useful to scholars investigating the early history of art conservation in 19th-century Little Movements Layer Into Groove - Various - Nightscenes & Athmospheric. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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