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Francisco Durrio

Other names: Francisco Durrieu de Madrón Graniè, Francisco José Juan Jorge Luis Durrieu Granier, Paco Durrio


The son of French immigrants (Eugenio Carlos Próspero Durrieu de Madron, of Saverdun, Ariège, and Adorine Granier y Vignaux, of Pinsaguel, Haute Garonne), Durrio was a Spanish sculptor, ceramicist and goldsmith of the Art Nouveau and Symbolism style. He moved to Bilbao with his family at an early age, and began his artistic education in 1878 under the local painter Antonio María Lecuona who gave him drawing lessons. At the age of thirteen, he enrolled at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios of Bilbao to study sculpture. In the same year, he went to Madrid to continue his training, and enrolled in the Escuela de Artes y Oficios of Madrid, and in 1883, at the Escuela Especial de Pintura, Escultura y Grabados de Madrid. There, he met painter Pablo Uranga, and they travelled to Segovia where they were taught the art of ceramics by Daniel Zuloaga. After completing his studies, he returned to Bilbao briefly in 1888, and then moved to Paris. He became an active member of the art scene in Paris, becoming friends with Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin. He grew particularly close to Gauguin, whom he held in high esteem and was to influence his ceramic and jewellery work. It was though the workshop of the ceramicist Ernest Chaplet that he became acquainted with Gauguin. Durrio held numerous exhibitions in Paris and his work was highly praised by critics.

Place of birth: Valladolid
Place of death: Paris





1. Durrieu de Madrón Graniè, Francisco [Durrio, Francisco]. Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao.
2. Francisco Durrieu Granier. Real Academia de la Historia, 2018.


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