Exhibition

Picasso and Reventós:
Dos contes (1947)

July 1 – October 17, 2015

From 1 July to 17 October 2015 the Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma will be presenting the exhibition Picasso and Reventós: Dos Contes (1947).

The writer Ramon Reventós (1882-1923), who was associated with the circle around Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona, contributed to the modernista magazine Luz and to satirical publications of a Republican bent such as Papitu, Picarol (of which he was briefly the editor) and L'Esquella de la Torratxa.

Engraving by Pablo Picasso [Els oficis del centaure: picador, cavall de tir, mestre d'escola, Paris, 5 February 1947]: Ramon Reventós, Dos Contes.
Engraving by Pablo Picasso [Els oficis del centaure: picador, cavall de tir, mestre d'escola, Paris, 5 February 1947]: Ramon Reventós, Dos Contes. Editorial Albor, Paris-Barcelona, 1947 © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, Vegap, Madrid, 2015
Engraving by Pablo Picasso [Faune flautista, Paris, 5 February 1947]: Ramon Reventós, Dos Contes. Editorial Albor, Paris-Barcelona, 1947 © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, Vegap, Madrid, 2015
Engraving by Pablo Picasso [Faune flautista, Paris, 5 February 1947]: Ramon Reventós, Dos Contes. Editorial Albor, Paris-Barcelona, 1947 © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, Vegap, Madrid, 2015

Through the artist Ángel Fernández de Soto (1882-1938), Ramon Reventós and his brother Jacint met Picasso and both established close friendships with him. Reventós wrote one of the first articles to be published on the artist, entitled "Notas sobre Picasso", which appeared in the newspaper La Vanguardia in 1898. In addition, Picasso attended the informal discussion groups which the Reventós family organised in their Barcelona home, where he met artists and intellectuals of the day such as Santiago Rusiñol, Isidre Nonell, Miquel Utrillo and Pablo Gargallo.

Picasso attended the informal discussion groups which the Reventós family organised in their Barcelona home, where he met artists and intellectuals of the day

The relationship between Picasso and Ramon Reventós varied in its intensity but was a long-lasting one, beginning at the turn of the century and enduring until the latter's death in 1923. Picasso was a convinced admirer of his literary style and after Reventós's death he set out to preserve the memory of his work. During his years of exile in Paris Picasso became acquainted with Ferran Canyameres and his editorial project to publish Catalan books in France. He thus suggested to Canyameres that he publish his friend's text, which he himself would illustrate. The result was Dos contes. El centaure Picador y El capvespre d'un faune, Picasso's first illustrated book in a language other than French and for which, in February 1947, he produced four engravings, of which impressions are now on display in this exhibition.

These four prints, respectively entitled El naixement del centaure [Birth of the centaur], Els oficis del centaure: picador, cavall de tir, mestre d'escola [The centaur's professions: picador, carriage driver, school teacher], Faune flautist [Flute-playing faun] and Episodis de la vida del faune [Episodes from the life of the faun], all focus on a recurring theme in Picasso's oeuvre: Greco-Roman mythology and Mediterranean subjects. The four prints are from the collection of the Fundación Picasso. Casa Natal, Malaga.

Print Gallery

Situated in the center of the museum, a print library with holdings from Pablo Picasso's graphic work offers rotating temporary exhibitions (taking into consideration the requirements for displaying and conserving delicate works on paper). The exhibitions feature prints by Picasso from his Blue and Rose Periods (1901–04 and 1904–06, respectively), Cubist works (from 1907–17), and works from the renowned Vollard Suite (1930–37) and the Tauromaquia series (1957). Noteworthy among them is La Minotauromachie (1935), an etching now part of the Museu's permanent collection and that is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important examples of modern printmaking and Picasso's masterwork in the field.
This space on occasion also serves to present small exhibitions that complement the collection of contemporary Spanish art and material on display in the temporary exhibition rooms.