Luisa Géigel Brunet (1916-2016): A Complete Artist

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Luisa Géigel Brunet (1916-2016): A Complete Artist is a publication that began with the project Luisa Géigel Brunet, The Artist in the City: Painter, Sculptor, Athenian, Genealogist, Bibliophile, Professor and Mentor. It was created by the Humanities Studies Center and Museum and Dr. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez of the University of Turabo to commemorate the centennial of the artist.

The total project consisted of an exhibition consisting of 69 works by the artist, some readings and a book. The latter tells the story of the life and work of Géigel, who was one of the main artists of the first half of the 20th century. The publication contains photographic reproductions of the majority of her works in the media of painting, drawing, sculpture, set design and books of drawings she called “the collection of monsters.” It also includes essays such as: Luisa Géigel Brunet: A Revelation in our Artistic World by Dr. Yamila Azize Vargas; Luisa Géigel Brunet and her Monsters: A New Proposal for Her Contribution to Puerto Rican Visual Arts by Dr. Carmen T. Ruiz de Fischler; and Between the Arts and Genealogy: The Life Passions of Luisa Géigel Brunet by Dr. Rafael Lebrón Rivera

Luisa Géigel Brunet was a pioneer in the fields of painting, sculpture, drawing, set and wardrobe design, and stained glass and mosaic mural design. She also did important genealogical research projects about the families of San Juan. She is known as the first complete female artist of the 20th century. Her work was ahead of its time as a woman who introduced the female nude in her paintings and later set aside realistic style to employ the cubist style in her works.  Her representations advanced what would become fundamental themes of feminism in the 1970s: the call of images that responded to the many realities of women. A copy of the book is available at the Endowment.

Text excerpted from the original proposal


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