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Sentimentalism (otherwise called Sentimentalismo in Galician and Spanish, not meant to be confused with normal Sentimentalism) is an artistic, philosophical and spiritual movement started by the artist Xesús Manuel Valcárcel in Lugo, Galicia (Spain). One of the key ideas of the Sentimentalist movement is the "liberation of a person through the use of art and knowledge". The movement was characterized by its focus on the emotional and the personal, rather than on the rational and the objective.


Sentimentalism was born as an Avant-garde movement and it was started in Lugo during the 1970s by Xesús Manuel Valcárcel. The movement was promoted by Spanish jornals such as El Progreso and radio programs such as Cadena SER. The theorical base of Sentimentalism is presented as a trilogy formed by the plays Animal sentimental, Dialéctica sentimental e Práctica sentimental, published by Ir Indo Edicións. According to the texts, "Sentimentalism is all based around the boredom and end of Western traditional rationalism, and the need to find new alternatives and the importance of feelings, and reclaiming ancestral knowledge and embracing the rich variety of cultures and peoples".


The visuals of Galician Sentimentalism focused on the rejection of the prevalent art techniques in Western Europe. Another important aspect of Sentimentalism was its use of symbolism. The artists of this movement often used symbols and metaphors to convey their emotions and ideas. Their artworks used motifs such as vivid colors, distorted art, and a focus on the emotional and the personal.


Sentimentalism started out as the rejection of the prevalent Western Rationalist philosophy and art, and the need to find new and different artistic movements. Sentimentalism defends the liberty of a person, the right to education, personal independence, democracy, respect, the freedom to have an opinion (and in particular, opinions regarding politics, society and religion) and the globalization of knowledge and culture. The movement also promotes the awareness of consumerism and how society associates property and wealth with happiness. As an spiritual movement, Sentimentalists believe in the liberation of the soul through art and culture, and sees art as something magical. Sentimentalism describes life as a "game" - you can progress, go back, lose or win.



  • Xesús Manuel Valcárcel
  • Carlos Arias Iglesias
  • Yolanda Castaño
  • Xulio Cid Neira
  • Olalla Cociña Lozano
  • Berta Dávila
  • Cristina Ferreiro Real
  • Francisco Xosé Fernández Naval
  • Xavier Lama
  • Xabier López Marqués
  • Xurxo Martínez González
  • Manuel Celso Matalobos
  • Branca Novoneyra
  • Celia Parra
  • Olga Patiño Nogueira
  • Mariña Pérez Rei
  • Elías Portela
  • Baldo Ramos
  • Ismael Ramos
  • Helena Salgueiro
  • Eva Veiga


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Note: Most if not all of the information on this movement is only avaiable in Galician or Spanish.
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