Spain Republic, 50 Pesetas 1951 Banknote: Santiago Rusiñol
Statue of Santiago Rusiñol in Sitges.
Sketch of Erik Satie
playing a harmonium, 1891 by Rusiñol i Prats.
Santiago Rusiñol i Prats (Catalan pronunciation: [səntiˈaɣu ruziˈɲɔɫ]) (February 25, 1861 – June 13, 1931) was a Spanish post-impressionist/symbolist painter, poet, and playwright.
He influenced Pablo Picasso as a modern artist, and also left a lot of modernist buildings in Sitges, a town in Catalonia very influenced by that artist.
He was born in Barcelona in 1861, belonging to an industrial textile family with origins in Manlleu, Barcelona. He died in Aranjuez in 1931 while painting its famous gardens.
His training as painter started at "Centro de acuarelistas de Barcelona" and learned mainly from Tomás Moragas. He travelled to Paris en 1889, living in Montmartre with Ramon Casas and Ignacio Zuloaga.
In Paris, he belonged to the symbolism painting style. He attended the Gervex Academy in Paris where he discovered his love for modernism. After returning to Spain, he founds in Sitges the “Cau Ferrat” (a work-museum space), and he was a frequent client of the café Els Quatre Gats, in Barcelona. He went to Mallorca with the painter Joaquin Mir Trinxet,  where they met the mystic Belgian painter William Degouve de Nuncques in 1899.
He was most known for his plays, and landscape and garden paintings.
Further reading 
- Vázquez, Oscar E., "Beauty Buried in its Own Cemetery: Santiago Rusiñol's ‘Jardins d'Espanya’ as Reliquaries of Aristocratic History." Word & Image 2, no.1 (January–March, 1995), 61-76
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