Flotats i Llucià, Joan
Right from an early age it was evident that Joan Flotats i Llucià (Manresa, 1847-Barcelona, 1917) had a gift for sculpture. This disciple of the brothers Agapito and Venancio Vallmitjana was one of the leading exponents of late 19th century realistic religious imagery and was the creator of some magnificent artistic works for churches and private oratories, in addition to funerary sculpture. However, he still remained open to other genres and themes, such as portrait painting and mythological sculpture, as evidenced by his work entitled Dánae (1881, the waterfall at the Parque de la Ciudadela, Barcelona). Also in 1881, he was appointed chairman of the recently-founded Artistic Circle of Barcelona. Much of his artistic works are to be found in the City of Barcelona, with particular mention of the sculpture of St Severo on the Gothic façade of the Casa de la Ciudad, this work was made in collaboration with Barcelona-born sculptor Lluís Puiggener, with whom he shared a workshop. Likewise, both are authors of the allegorical figures of "Descanso" and "Oración" created in 1880 for the cemetery of Poble Nou. Flotats also created the "Coronación de la Virgen María" for the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Monumental Rosary of Montserrat; and he was involved in the sculptural decoration of various buildings designed by Gaudí, such as the Temple of the Sagrada Familia and the Güell Palace, for which he created a sculptural image for the crypt and another for the chapel. Alongside his work in Cataluña, he received numerous commissions from South America, a traditional market for late 19th century Catalan sculptors. Some of the most important sculptors in Cataluña were trained at his workshop, such as his son Carles Flotats i Galtés, and his son-in-law Llorenç Matamala i Pinyol. Joan Flotats participated in a number of Fine Arts exhibitions held in Barcelona and Madrid. The Museum of Modern Art of Madrid holds a major work by Flotats, namely the sculpture of Isabel II.
Sources of information:
Municipal Archive of Pamplona. «Bendición e inauguración del Monumento a San Ignacio», Diario de Navarra, 10 de octubre de 1950. SUBIRACHS I BURAGA, J., L"escultura del segle XIX a Catalunya. Del Romanticisme al Realisme, Barcelona, Publicacions de l"Abadia de Montserrat, 1994. «Retirada la escultura de San Ignacio de Loyola para sustituirla por otra de bronce», Diario de Navarra, 23 de julio de 2005. «Inaugurado el nuevo conjunto escultórico de San Ignacio, réplica del original en bronce», Diario de Navarra, 30 de julio de 2005.