Date Presented

Spring 5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Mike Santos, PhD

Second Advisor

Adam W. Dean, PhD

Third Advisor

Barbara Rothermel, PhD


The impetus for this paper began with the following question: where once Daura’s identity had been firmly grounded in his Catalonian origins and within the milieu of international artists in France, did this period of change in his artistic output originate from a grave insecurity in nationality? By examining U.S. immigration policies and Daura’s identity as a refugee, immigrant, and naturalized American citizen, I will establish that a crisis of nationality, complicated by Nation of Origin Quotas and nativist immigration policies, influenced the art of Pierre Daura and coincided with a striking transformation of his style.