Iscle Soler

Plaça Sant Agustí

Sculptor: Pablo Gargallo
Materials: Bronze on pedestal made of stone from Montjuïc
Inauguration: April 21, 1918

Perhaps the fact that in 1906 had opened the Plan of Comedy a monument to Frederic Soler influenced the willingness to raise another in Iscle Soler and Samsot (Barcelona, ​​1843 - Terrassa, 1914), actor who had made great successes with works of Pitarra and had been married to Rosalia Engracia, popular interpreter of works of Pitarra. The site chosen was the Plaza de San Agustin, next to the Teatro Romea, which had been the scene of major moments of triumph of the actor. In 1914, when he died Iscle Soler, that urban space had the name of place of Equality, which he had been placed during the Liberal Triennium and surprisingly kept it officially when he returned to absolutism and for over a hundred years. It was the first council of Franco who returned to the square the old name before the Liberal Triennium (1820-1823), currently leads.

The initiative of the monument to Iscle Soler left the Association Líricos and Performing Artists, and was conveyed through the magazine Catalan theater, which opened a public subscription to finance the bust was commissioned to Pablo Gargallo, who had already made a few years before another bust of actor, the Leon Fontova, put in the Parque de la Ciutadella. The subscription failed to collect the amount of money needed and was the City Council who provided what was missing. Thus, the April 21, 1918 a radical mayor who had been an actor, Manuel Morales Couple, could inaugurate the bust Iscle Soler. The same day a function of tribute was made to Iscle Soler in the Romea Theatre neighbor. The bust was placed atop a pedestal with a plaque that read: "Catalonia the great actor Iscle Soler 1918.".

When he got in 1944 another pedestal, the inscription of the word disappeared Catalonia and currently reads: "The actor Iscle Soler from 1843 to 1914".

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