Spanish painter Eliseo Meifrén y Roig was born in Barcelona on December 24, 1858 and died in the same city on February 5, 1940. He began his studies of painting in the school of fine arts of the Lonja from Barcelona under the direction of Antonio Caba. At the conclusion of his studies in this Center in 1870, moved to Paris, where making contact with Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas and participate with them in the concerns of modernism (in fact, to participate in the modernist party to the first organized in Sitges), subsequently, goes to Italy, where he will reside until 1881. On his return, he settled in Sitges.
He highlighted as a landscaper and painter of Genre scenes (Seafarers) and also for its fertility, which allowed him to participate in 165 and celebrate more than fifty individual, twenty of them in Barcelona, seven in Madrid, five in Buenos Aires.Iin which got up to twenty Awards, such as the gold medal in the Valencia exhibition of 1879, third medal at the 1889 Paris Universal, Diploma of honour at the exhibition of the Société des Amis des Arts held in Versailles in 1891, diplomas, Honorary in the exhibitions held in Barcelona in 1894, first medal at the exhibition of Barcelona in 1896, Medal of bronze in the Universal Paris and 1899, silver medal at the Brussels universal of 1910, year in which also gets the Grand Prize in the Universal of Buenos Aires, Medal of Honor in San Francisco in 1915 and Grand Prize at the internacional de San Diego the following year, among others. National exhibitions not gave you, on the other hand, more than a medal third class in 1890, a second class in 1899 and a first in 1906.
The subjects of his paintings include all Spanish, though with a preference of Northern Catalonia-related issues. It stands out for its handling of light and colour, as well as the detail of his paintings. However, their practical approaches to modernism were shy. It was probably the fear to lose clientele that kept him clinging to a traditional aesthetic. in this way, will be to 1930 when dares to carry out markedly Impressionist pictures, thus the Marne. It is not, however, reproach such attachment to a traditional technique in which, on the other hand, gave excellent results.
Try the respect that his work deserved him the fact that, when he painted works in series to consciousness to sell, signed with the pseudonym. Also, the general timidity of their technical advances does not preclude the beauty of pictures as an epilogue (Museo Provincial, Pontevedra), which won third medal at the exhibition in 1890 and in which the landscape is simple pretext for meditation on the destructive force of the sea. In the box, a boat shattered on the sand of a beach and under a sky of storm carefully suggested shows the effects of the storm on the work of man. They are worth the reflections of light on sand and the greenish tones of the sea.Some of his works a corner of the natural, Trouville Beach, rough sea, epilogue, Port are lligat (Cadaques) or fire on the high seas.