Alvar collection

Alvar collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Alvar, 1935-
Title: Alvar collection
Dates: 1969-2007
Quantity: 2.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 oversized box)
Coll. Number: ms3278

Biographical/Historical Note

Alvar Sunol Munoz-Ramos was born on January 29, 1935, in Montgat, a Catalan fishing village on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona. He started painting oils at age twelve and at age seventeen was accepted at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Jorge, the prestigious fine art school in Barcelona. Before graduating from the Belles Artes, he gave his first solo exhibition at Galleries Layetana in Barcelona in 1957. Alvar also won the Bolsa de Viaje Alhambra de Granada, a summer scholarship study trip to Granada. At age 18, Alvar entered a painting in a competition for the Young Painters Prize sponsored by the City of Barcelona. His painting won the grand prize and it is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain.

Due to his early artistic successes, Alvar received many invitations for shows in other Spanish cities. During his military service, he submitted one of his canvases for the Institut Francais annual painting competition in Barcelona. The Institut Francais awarded him the grand prize and a scholarship to study in Paris. Alvar arrived in Paris to paint in 1959. He met Juan Fuentes, a fellow Spaniard and director of the prestigious Parisian Galerie Drouant. Fuentes encouraged Alvar in his painting and brought Alvar's first group of Paris oil paintings to the gallery. Fuentes' gallery sold the paintings in one week. In 1960 Alvar returned to Barcelona to marry his childhood sweetheart, Rosella Berenguer. They returned to Paris and lived there for ten years.

Alvar's paintings were exhibited in the United States for the first time at the Monede Gallery, New York in 1962. Alvar produced his first original lithographs for a one man show at Galerie Drouant in 1963. Since a decisive solo exhibition in Paris in 1963, Alvar has exhibited regularly throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan. In 1978 a retrospective exhibition of his lithographs was held by the Musee Hyaninthe Riguad in Perpignan, France. His lithographs, paintings and sculptures have been presented in major shows at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City in 1982 and the Wichita Art Museum in 1983. In 2000, l'Abadia de Sant Miguel del Fai in Catalonia, Spain mounted a retrospective exhibit honoring Alvar's contribution to the Spanish art community. In 2001 three additional retrospective exhibits were mounted: two by the Instituto Cervantes in Toulouse and Bordeaux, France, and one in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Museum of Art. The Kumamoto Museum and the Fukoka Museum, both in Kyushu, Japan, have purchased his lithographs for their permanent collection. --- Hallmark Fine Art Gallery website. ( Retrieved 11/6/2009.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of printed material and also photographs, DVDs, CDs and other items. The printed material (1969-2007) includes exhibition accouncements, books, catalogs, advertisements, newsletters, programs and clippings.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Alvar, 1935-
Clippings (information artifacts)
Compact discs.
Exhibition catalogs.
Painting, Catalan.
Programs (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alvar collection. MS 3278. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11CD's & DVD's
2Exhibit Labels, 2007
3Photocopies, etc.
5Printed Material, 1969
6Printed Material, 1970
7Printed Material, cd. 1971
8Printed Material, 1972
9Printed Material, 1973
10Printed Material, 1975
11Printed Material, 1976
12Printed Material, 1977
13Printed Material, 1978
14Printed Material, 1979
15Printed Material, 1980
16Printed Material, 1981
17Printed Material, 1982
18Printed Material, 1983
19Printed Material, 1984
20Printed Material, 1987
21Printed Material, 1988
22Printed Material, 1989
23Printed Material, 1990
24Printed Material, 1991
25Printed Material, 1993
26Printed Material, 1994
21Printed Material, 1995
2Printed Material, 1996
3Printed Material, 1997
4Printed Material, 1999
5Printed Material, 2000
6Printed Material, 2001
7Printed Material, 2002
8Printed Material, 2003
9Printed Material, 2004
10Printed Material, 2005
11Printed Material, 2006
12Printed Material, 2007
13Printed Material, 2008
3Oversize printed material Duplicate printed material