Title: Public Talk: Esprit Barthet - A Critical Appraisal
Venue: Victor Pasmore Gallery, Valletta
Date: Thursday, 30 January 2020
Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm
Speaker: Emanuel V. Borg

Following his recent publication of 'Esprit Barthet 1919-1999: A Critical Appraisal', well-known art critic Emanuel V. Borg will be delivering a lecture on Barthet at the Victor Pasmore Gallery. Although admission is free of charge, places are strictly limited and interested parties are thus urged to reserve their place.

Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture, kindly organised with the support of the Central Bank of Malta. For a poster of this event, kindly click here.


Esprit Barthet (1919-99) is the best exponent of a particular, vital and unique artistic expression in Malta between 1950 and 1990. His intense verve and expressive vision and concept dominated the local scene consistently, insistently and persistently and contributed in no small way to the development of the visual arts.
The Maltese are the heir of his prolific output. He was so multifaceted in the choice of expression that he left behind him hundreds of landscape and seascape, still life, self-portraits, portraits, rooftops, nudes, abstract and geometric abstract, sacred art, drawings and sketches. Such variety demonstrates beyond a shadow of doubt his great talents and his yearning for bravura and virtuosity without losing a human touch, a pure simplicity and a humble approach. His career is marked by an unflinching determination to outstrip himself in reaching a level of excellence perhaps never achieved before by his peers. Undaunted he studied, searched and researched to challenge the reality in life, to capture it in paint on canvas almost in an obsessed and insane manner until it became a spiritual pursuit.
A family man, a kind art master, a gentle friend to many, he soldiered on without losing a humble and patient approach to achieve his vision, to create beauty. His life was dedicated to art.