Ángeles Santos Torroella

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Ángeles Santos Torroella
Self portrait Ángeles Santos Torroella.jpg
Self portrait, 1928
Born(1911-11-07)7 November 1911
Portbou, Spain
Died3 October 2013(2013-10-03) (aged 101)
Madrid, Spain
Known forPainting
Emili Grau i Sala (m. 1936)

Àngeles Santos Torroella (7 November 1911 – 3 October 2013) was a Spanish surrealist painter. Born in Portbou, Catalonia, she was the sister of the poet and art critic Rafael Santos Torroella. She married the painter Emilio Grau Sala. Her son is the painter ca:Julià Grau i Santos. In 2005 she received the Creu de Sant Jordi.[2]


In 1929 Santos Torroella presented her work Un Mundo (A World) at the autumn salon in Madrid.[1] The next year she was given her own room at the exhibition.[1] In 1931 she presented a solo exhibition in Paris. In 1932 she participated in the Iberian Artists Collective in Copenhagen and Paris. In 1933 she was invited to the exhibition at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh (US) and on 1936 she figured of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She was presented in Barcelona for the first time in 1935 at Syra Galleries.

In 1936, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Santos Torroella and her husband fled Spain for France. She returned to Spain by herself in 1937.[1] The couple reunited in 1962.[1]


Her work, decanted into Post-Impressionism, is preferably landscape and interiors. Her most important painting is a world of large format oil represents a strange surreal world (Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia).

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Torroella died on 3 October 2013, at the age of 101.[3][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ángeles Santos obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  2. ^ Tharrats, Joan-Josep (2007) [1981]. Cent Anys de Pintura a Cadaqués [Hundred Years of Painting in Cadaques] (in Catalan). Barcelona: Parsifal. p. 226. ISBN 84-95554-27-5. OCLC 10019971.
  3. ^ ABC,ES (3 October 2013). "Fallece a los 101 años la pintora Ángeles Santos Torroella" (in Spanish). ABC, ES. Retrieved 3 October 2013.

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