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May 29, 2014

Oregon Law collection of Pierre Daura’s work on display

"Placing Pierre Daura," featuring the work of the Catalan-American artist, will be on view at the University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art until Sept. 28, 2014. The exhibition, curated by graduate and undergraduate students from numerous disciplines across campus, includes 29 pieces from the University of Oregon School of Law's collection of Daura's works. daura_france

In 2004, Martha Daura gifted Oregon Law and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with a significant collection of works by her father. Martha and her husband Tom Mapp, a former Oregon Law professor, made the donation to the law school in honor of former Dean Chapin Clark. The dedication of the artworks in memory of Dean Clark states:

"These marvelous art works donated in his honor will always remind us that beauty and law are not separate universes, just as Chapin so well recognized that the majesty of our mountains, forests and waterways must always be a part of law's values."

The exhibition explores Daura's process of identity formation as interpreted through three major motivating forces: family, community, and sense of nationality.

Pedro Francisco Daura y Garcia (1896-1976) was born on the island of Minorca and raised in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied at La Llotja (The Academy of Fine Arts). He changed his first name to Pierre upon moving to Paris at age 18. In 1929, Daura co-founded the international abstract artists' group Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), but later returned to representational subject matter. He and his wife, American artist Louise Heron Blair (1905-72), purchased a medieval home in picturesque Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France, in 1929, and gave birth to their daughter, Martha, the following year.

Daura_VirginiaAs a soldier in the Republican army during the Spanish Civil War, Daura suffered injuries at the Battle at Teruel. His Spanish citizenship was revoked after he refused to return to the country under General Francisco Franco's dictatorship. In 1939, the Dauras moved to Rockbridge Baths, Virginia.

Daura became a naturalized United States citizen and maintained an active career spending many summers painting in Sain-Cirq-Lapopie. He served as chairman of the Art Department at Lynchburg College (1945-46), and taught at Randolph-Macon Women's College (1946-53), before devoting the last two decades of his life to full-time painting and sculpting. Daura died in Virginia at age 79.

Additional information on the exhibition is available jsma.uoregon.edu/Daura.

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