Museu Picasso

Santiago Rusiñol

(Barcelona, 1861 – Aranjuez, 1931)

A painter, writer, playwright, collector and cultural activist, Rusiñol was a key figure of Catalan Modernisme and, along with Ramon Casas, the prototype of a successful artist in which Picasso sought inspiration during his first years in Barcelona. Rusiñol was among those who introduced Parisian modernity in Catalonia and co-founder of Els Quatre Gats, the Art Nouveau tavern that opened in Barcelona in 1897. Depicted sucking on his pipe, hands behind his back, pacing forwards but so absorbed by his meditations that he is oblivious to his surroundings, Rusiñol is the very picture of the turn-of-the-century, bohemian painter/poet/thinker.

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Santiago Rusiñol caricatured as The nobleman with his hand on his chest by El Greco, Josep Rocarol i Faura and other sketches
Barcelona, 1899-1900
Sepia and Indian ink, wash and graphite pencil on watermarked paper
23 x 33,4 cm (irregular)
Donació Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.683

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Portrait of Santiago Rusiñol
Barcelona, c. 1900
Charcoal and watercolour on paper
33 x 23 cm
Col·lecció El Conventet, Barcelona

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