Barthet, who was born in 1909 and passed away in 1999, is part of a generation of artists that includes Anton Inglott, Victor Diacono, Willie Apap, and Emvin Cremona. His training was interrupted by World War II, but despite this setback, he eventually established his unique style and played a significant role in Malta’s modern art movement.

Barthet is best known for his ‘rooftops’ series, which he produced primarily in the 1960s and 1970s, but he was also a celebrated portrait painter, receiving numerous commissions from prominent figures. He experimented with different styles throughout his career and worked in series. In addition to his artistic contributions, Barthet also served as an influential art teacher for many years.

The exhibition, curated by Nicoline Sagona, a graduate in History of Art and Cultural Heritage Management, showcases Barthet's most important milestones, providing a comprehensive overview of his career. The exhibition is accompanied by a beautifully crafted catalogue, No 24 of the Il-Ħaġar Gems Series. ‘ESPRIT BARTHET | A Life of Colour’ will run until 10 January 2023, and as always, Il-Ħaġar operates on a donation-based entrance policy. Normal opening hours are 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vivid world of Esprit Barthet's art.


Il-Haġar - Heart of Gozo Museum
Pjazza San Ġorġ
VCT1101 Gozo


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