Sembrador

Manolo Hugué (Barcelona, 1872 - Caldes de Montbui, 1945) designed the scale model of this piece, which was later sculpted by local stonecutters. It dates from the later years of the sculptor’s life, a highly creative time for the artist yet one that was complicated because of his delicate health, which prevented him from working directly with the stone. The work evokes the toil of a peasant and the cultivation of poetry. It was executed in 1945 upon the centennial of the poet’s birth. The inscription reads as follows:

Sembrador
Un dia del meu pare en la vessana a solc i eixam sembrava el sègol d’or; després seguint la Musa Catalana, també sembrí, però sembrí en lo cor.
Verdaguer, Jacint «Dia 17 d'octubre» dins Roser de tot l'any. TO III Barcelona 2005, Proa p. 970.

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