La Catalane assise (Catalan woman, seated)

This statue, constructed in stone, dating from 1923, was by the Catalan sculptor Manuel Hugé, also known as Manolo (1872 – 1945), and was in tribute to the composer Déodat de Séverac, who died in Céret in March 1921 at the age of 48.

Déodat de Séverac is known for his discovery of Catalan music here in Céret.

In 1910, he composed his work ‘Héliogabale’, a musical tragedy in three acts, which included ‘la Cobla Catalane’, the Cobla being a piece of music particular to Catalan culture.

Even from a young age, when he was living in the poorer areas of Barcelona, Manolo was already sculpting. In 1903, he left for Paris where he met up with Picasso, the composer Isaac Albéniz, artist Ignacio Zuloaga and his childhood friend, Antoni Bofill.

In 1909, Manolo moved to Céret. He led the way for a number of renowned artists, including Picasso and Braque, who followed him to Céret soon after.