(Torredembarra, 1862 – Barcelona, 1908)
After working at Le Chat noir cabaret in Montmartre, Pere Romeu, restaurateur, cultural promoter, photojournalist and sportsman, launched Els Quatre Gats tavern in Barcelona (1897-1903), along with Miquel Utrillo, Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas. The venue became a meeting point for artists and writers and hosted exhibitions, attracting the leading representatives of the Catalan avant-garde. Romeu was a favourite target of caricaturists and Picasso did not miss his chance. He poked fun at his enthusiastic, unworldly temperament, imagining him buried waist-deep in a field of purple irises (a symbol of innocence) with eyes raised to heaven in soulful communion with nature.
Pere Romeu in a Field of Irises
Gouache and pencil on paper
19 x 17,5 cm
Fundación Francisco Godia, Barcelona