Père Romeu

Pablo Picasso Spanish

Not on view

In connection with, or soon after, his first solo exhibition at the principal meeting place of the Barcelona avant-garde, the bohemian tavern Els Quatre Gats, Picasso made a set of small caricatures of the prominent members of the informal club. Romeu (1862–1908) was nearly twenty years older than Picasso and, along with Casas, Rusiñol, and Utrillo, a cofounder of Els Quatre Gats. Although he aspired to be a painter, during a trip to Paris in 1893 he became intrigued by the shadow theater of the Montmartre café Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat), the model for Barcelona's Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats). Perhaps Picasso's use of silhouette here is a sly reference to Romeu's shadow puppets.

Père Romeu, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Pen and brown ink and blue and green wash on paper

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