Sunyer was a student at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona together with Nonell, Mir, Canals and Torres García. He travelled to Paris in 1896, where he found work as an illustrator and befriended Picasso and other young avant-garde artists of the day. Leading artists who informed his style at the time included Toulouse-Lautrec, Daumier, Cézanne and Gauguin. Sunyer was especially influenced by Degas and Bonnard, artists who inspired him to execute a series of works of cabaret and Parisian street scenes.
By 1910 when he moved back to his native Sitges, his work had evolved into a lyrical Mediterranean classicism. Redolent of the work of Aristide Maillol whom he had known in Paris, this new departure in his work identified him as the most recognisable painter of Noucentism, the style that dominated Catalan art of this period. In 1912 Sunyer went to Céret in Provence to join Picasso, Braque, Gris, Max Jacob and Maillol. The fusion of new ideas stimulated by Cubism brought about stylistic changes in Sunyer's work, and from his colourful street and country scenes his compositions became more structural and monumental in style. During a trip to Italy in 1913, Sunyer was struck by the frescoes of Luca Signorelli in the Cathedral at Orvieto. These were to influence the artist's work by adding pure and volumetric forms in his paintings of nudes and landscapes, as in the present work.
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