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"Picasso and the Catalan artists" at the Palau Foundation

"Picasso and the Catalan artists" at the Palau Foundation

The Palau Foundation opens on October 21 at 12 noon. the Picasso exhibition on the retina. Portraits of Catalan artists, an exhibition that can be visited until February 18, 2024.

This year marks five decades since the death of Pablo Picasso, and for this reason a series of events have been organized throughout the country, including the one held at the Palau de Caldes d'Estrac Foundation with the title Picasso on the retina. Catalan artists portray Picasso . The curators are Sebastià Sánchez, a specialist in modernism and noucentism, and Eduard Vallés, a great expert in the work of Picasso.

In 1971, one of the best connoisseurs of Picasso's work, Josep Palau i Fabre, published the book Picasso and his Catalan friends , which serves as the starting point for the exhibition, with the idea of showing the public the importance that the Málaga artist had on some Catalan creators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A large number of renowned artists are represented in the exhibition, such as Ramon Casas, Ricard Canals, Pablo Gargallo and Ricard Opisso, among others. All of them work on the portrait, a recurring theme in the world of art that serves to understand how the evolution of this theme takes place, both from the most creative and personal point of view and the fact of achieving economic and social stability through commissions receipts

But not only works painted by Picasso himself are exhibited, but also other artists of the same generation. The works come from different Catalan museums and the Gargallo Museum in Zaragoza, as well as private collections. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalog in which around twenty authors have contributed to help understand Picasso's relationship with his peers.

Palau i Fabre's book serves to approximate the relationships that Picasso maintained with some of the most important artists within the Catalan sphere. For this reason, "the portraits collected in the exhibition will serve to see how Picasso himself and his face became pictorial material, letting us feel which artists he had the most complicity with and also which were interested in both his figure and the his artistic production".

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