Pere Borrell del Caso

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Escaping criticism. From 2002 to 2011, this painting went on an international tour, visiting exhibitions devoted to trompe l'oeil in Sweden, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States

Pere Borrell del Caso (13 December 1835, Puigcerdà - 16 May 1910, Barcelona) was a Catalonian painter, illustrator and engraver, known for his trompe l'oeil paintings; especially "Escaping Criticism" (1874).[1]


His father was a cabinetmaker who taught that craft to Borrell. It was by this means that he was able to support his studies at the School of Fine Arts.

He also painted portraits, which made up the bulk of his work, and created religious murals in the Nazarene style in Barcelona, Girona and Castellar del Vallès. These, however, were all destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.

He exhibited throughout Spain and at the Exposition Universelle (1878). He was twice offered a professorship at the Escola de la Llotja, but preferred to teach at his own private art school. Those who studied there or were influenced by his work include Romà Ribera, Ricard Canals, Adrià Gual, Xavier Nogués and Josep Maria Sert.[2] His children, Julio and Ramón, both became painters of some note.

Puigcerdà's local high school has been named the "Institut Pere Borrell" in his honour. A street there bears his name as well.


  1. ^ Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe l'Oeil Painting - National Gallery of Art @ Absolutearts
  2. ^ William H. Robinson; Jordi Falgas; Carmen Bellon Lord; Robert Hughes, Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudi, Miro, Dali (Yale University Press, 2006), 503

Further reading[edit]

Pascual, Andrea (1999). Pere Borrell del Caso (Puigcerdà 1835-Barcelona 1910) : l'obra artística d'un mestre de pintors. Ajuntament de Puigcerdà (Girona): Editorial Mediterrània. ISBN 9788483340936.  Media related to Pere Borrell del Caso at Wikimedia Commons