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Alexandre de Riquer. Crisantemes. Barcelona : A. Verdaguer, 1899 

“There are reasons, beyond the historical or archaeological ones, that make Riquer a 'readable' author still today. One may prefer the fresh naivety of Quan jo era noy to the more sophisticated early poetry or to the intriguingly rich luxuriance of the Poema del Bosch. Or one may prefer to savour Crisantemes as a collection of rare miniatures of the most exquisite Art Nouveau, especially if one is lucky enough to be handling the original (and still, regrettably, only) edition. This will be a question of taste. What is important is an understanding of the course of a literary and artistic career which went through a whole historical period of crisis and of cultural reassessment, opening on to twentieth-century horizons, while retaining adherence to certain values and traditions of an older social order (...) The term fin-de-siècle assumes a particularly full meaning when applied to an artist whose life and oeuvre spanned that momentous turning-point. The tension between his Catholic aristocratic education and the commitment to a concept of 'the modern' as he saw it is a deep characteristic that enhances Riquer's representativeness of Modernisme and of the Catalan fin-de-siècle.”

Eliseu Trenc Ballester, Alan Yates. Alexandre de Riquer (1856 - 1920): the British connection in Catalan Modernisme. Glasgow: The Anglo-Catalan Society, 1988 (p. 106)

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