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Inhabitants of the Museum: Pere Romeu, the soul of Quatre Gats

In the review of the inhabitants of the Museu Picasso, we take a stop at the figure of Pere Romeu, who we refer to as the soul of the Quatre Gats. A bohemian character and cultural promoter – but without capital for carrying out his projects, Romeu is the protagonist of some of the drawings that Picasso did in Barcelona’s legendary tavern and that form part of our permanent collection.

The mediation of Raimon Noguera in the creation of the Museu Picasso and the donation of 1970

The space between the historic building of the Museu Picasso and the Centre of Knowledge and Research holds the name of plaça de Raimon Noguera or, as we refer to it in a colloquial way, Pati Noguera (The Noguera Courtyard).  Since December 2017 there has been a plaque in the memory of this Catalan jurist who was a key character for the constitution of the museum, as we’ll explain in this article.

«The testament of Orpheus», the only cinematographic work of Picasso

The photograph at the top of this article by Lucien Clergue, corresponds to the unique cinematographic scene of Pablo Picasso, excluding documentary images.  The film was The Testament of Orpheus, directed by the French filmmaker Jean Cocteau in 1959, and apart from Picasso there were also appearances by his second wife Jacqueline Roque, the bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín and the actress Lucia Bosè.

The pin-up girls as a humorous element of the letters between Picasso and Sabartés

The compositions with pin-up girls form a sub-category in the correspondence between Pablo Picasso and Jaume Sabartés. These small creations are an example of the humour that impregnated their friendship, not evading any type of joke, not even the dirty or sexual ones. They referred to them as “things to make you tremble and laugh,” and they did so increasingly in the 1950s, when both were already in their seventies.

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