Juan Bay Sala (1913-1995) - Nanteau Sur Lunain (Francia)

Juan Bay Sala (1913-1995) - Nanteau Sur Lunain (Francia)
Öl auf Tafel - Handsigniert - 1980-1990

A certificate of authenticity of the painting, issued by the artist’s son will be given to the buyer.

The work is well framed (although it has a slight scratch), signed in the bottom left corner and titled and signed on the back.

Biscayan artist. Juan Bay Sala, pseudonym of Juan Bayón Salado, was born in Logroño on June 24th, 1913. He died in Bilbao on April 2nd, 1995.

In 1918 he moved to Bilbao. In the early 1930s, he installed his easel at the Bilbao Arenal, where he painted and raffled his paintings among the attendees in order to help his parents. At the time, he used to sign as Bayón and soon after he became an important referent in the area. According to the painter Manuel de Gracia:

“Deeply human and supportive, he did not hesitate in front of the Bermeo catastrophe, where several fishermen died as a result of a gale-force, and in Santurce, before another fisherman death, donating all his paintings to raise funds for widows and orphans, and during our competition, he painted at the Arenal for eight days in a row, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., in order to raise money for the Euskadi Government’s Hospital de Sangre. These actions that he repeats again and again throughout his life whenever circumstances require it: the floods in Bilbao, the Ortuella explosion...and so many others”.

In 1941 he celebrated his first exhibition in Bilbao and a year later he exhibited in Zaragoza, where for the first time he used the pseudonym Bay Sala as signature of his works; that same year he also exhibited his works in Logroño and Bilbao. In 1943 he attended the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes with the painting Puerto de Motrico, and held exhibitions in Barcelona and Bilbao. Two years later his work La Mina Abandonada was present at the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes. That same year, he presented himself at the first Exposición Provincial de Bellas Artes of Bilbao, with the works Riberas Frondosas and La Mina Abandonada, and he obtained the Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Bilbao’s gold medal. From that date onwards he did not participate in any other contest.

In 1945 he was a founding partner of the Asociación Artística Vizcaína. In 1948 he participated in the exhibition “35 Paisajes Vascos” at the Witcomb gallery in Buenos Aires and he also made his presentation in Madrid. In search of the roots of Impressionism, hin the spring of 1950 he set off for Paris, where he settled his residence until the end of 1969. During those twenty years, as Manuel Lumbreras indicates:

“he regularly exhibited his works at the Roussard gallery in Paris, as well as at Salón Cano in Madrid and at the former Sala Arte of Bilbao. He was summoned from Buenos Aires and Tokyo and he was selected, along with 35 other artists, to cover the 16th and 17th editions of the Salon de Toile in Paris, together with such eminent artists as Cocteau, Dalí, Duffy, Picasso, Utrillo and Vlaminck, among others. His works became part of the most important international collections around the world.

In 1968 he held exhibitions in Tokyo and Paris. A year later, he returned for good to Bilbao, where he regularly held exhibitions, as well as in Madrid and Barcelona; he also spent long periods painting in Holland, France, Italy, USSR, Belgium and Ireland.

In 1971 his son Juan Bayón opened in Iparraguirre street a small gallery of barely 16m2 called Bay Sala, which presented a collective exhibition with the works of A. Alegre, Bardasano, Bay Sala, M. de Gracia, C. Gil, Herráez, Largacha, Luzuriaga, Martínez Díaz, Olaortúa, R. Calpena, J. Quesada and R. Sáez. In October 1975, the gallery moved to Licenciado Poza street, 14. The inaugural exhibition of this new space was a tribute to four Basque artists who obtained medals at the Exposiciones Provinciales de Bellas Artes. Bay Sala, Largacha, Merino and Párraga. To this exhibitions followed many individual and collective ones by artists such as Anglada, Benedito, Madrazo, Pradilla, Martín Rico, Lucas Padilla, Marceliano Santa María, C. Pía, Pérez Villamil, Picasso, Grau Sala, Puigdengolas, San Vicens, Millares, Amat, Mallol, Pichot, R. Domingo, Muñoz Degrain or Martínez Vázquez among many others. Among them, Juan Bayón's work was regularly displayed at the gallery.

With a group of painter friends, Bay Sala crated the “Paleta del Nervión” talks. As a result of this idea, the “Paleta de Oro del Nervión” trophy was created. It is periodically awarded to the most outstanding artists. Among them, Bay Sala himself (1984), Martínez Díaz, Largacha, Juan Manuel Lumbreras and to Manuel de Gracia.

In 1985 he was invited to the exhibition “Maestros actuales de la Pintura Española” for the inauguration of the gallery The Embassy, in Miami, Florida. In 1991 he was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Asociación Artística Vizcaína. His works are at the Museo de Bellas Artes of Bilbao and at the Museo San Telmo of San Sebastián, among others.

After he passed away in 1995, his ashes were spread at the foot of Nuestra Señora de la Antigua, in the Txarlazo, a place very close to his Amurrio residence, which overlooks the valley of Orduña, painted by him so many times.

Source: Enciclopedia Auñamendi

Note: The work will not be sent to Taiwan because it contains wood.

Juan Bay Sala (1913-1995)
Titel des Kunstwerks
Nanteau Sur Lunain (Francia)
Öl auf Tafel
In gutem Zustand
Verkauf mit Rahmen
24×33 cm
44×54×6 cm
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