José Segrelles y Albert
March 18, 1885
|Died||March 3, 1969 (aged 83)|
|Education||Saint Charles Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Valencia|
Segrelles was born in Albaida, Valencia in Spain, in 1885. He studied in the Saint Charles Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Valencia and at Escola de la Llotja in Barcelona. His first job was in a photography studio, working with illumination.
In 1926, already established as an artist in Spain, Segrelles received his first English lessons, foreseeing a possible departure to England. That very year he made an exhibition in London which was poorly received but on 8 September 1926 he received an offer from British magazines The Illustrated London News and The Sketch. Due his appearances in The Sketch, Segrelles received offers from Scandinavian press. He published in The Illustrated London News's Christmas special in 1927, being a regular contributor in the Christmas specials until 1934.
In 1927 he established contacts with the American publishing industry, and received an offer the following year. Segrelles relocated to the Upper West Side, New York City in October, 1928. His first job was for Redbook magazine, and he would work also for The Cosmopolitan. In 1930 he staged his first art exhbition exhibition. By this time Cosmopolitan was one of the most popular magazines in America, highlighting Segrelles' work alongside other illustrators such as James Montgomery Flagg. In 1930 Segrelles met Joanne Cummings, Miss Cummings, who became his model.
In 1931, Segrelles exhibited at International Art Center Roerich Museum. US press coined the term Blue Segrelles referring to his dark pallette. The term was a comparison to Maxfield Parrish's Blue Parrish.
He died in the town of his birth in 1969.
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