19 facts about Ricard Opisso

By Gwylym Owen

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Ricard Opisso (1880–1966) was a Catalan cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and painter.

Son of Alfred Opisso i Viñas, journalist, historian and critic, and of Antonia Sala I Gil, his sister Regina Opisso, was afterward a writer. He comes from an illustrated relations full of artists. His paternal grandfather was Josep Opisso I Roig, journalist and director of the Diari de Tarragona, father of the writers Antonia Opisso i Viña and Antoni Opisso i Viña. His maternal great-grandfather was the painter Pere Pau Montaña, his maternal grandfather the fabulist Felipe Jacinto Sala and his maternal uncle, the painter Emilio Sala i Francés. His nephew was Arturo Llorens i Opisso, a writer best known under his a.k.a. Arturo Llopis.

Although he was born in Tarragona, his family moved to Barcelona following Opisso was unaided two years old. In the modernist Barcelona of the late nineteenth century, Opisso worked as an accomplice to Antonio Gaudí in the works of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona previously 1892. He was united to Els Quatre Gats group, together in the same way as Ramon Casas, Manuel Hugué, Isidre Nonell and Pablo Picasso, among others.

Later he worked as an illustrator in publications such as ¡Cu-cut! (from 1903) and L’Esquella de la Torratxa (from 1912), signing drawings oriented to embassy satire, which are graphically aligned to art nouveau. Because of the tyranny of Miguel Primo de Rivera, Opisso abandons embassy satire and his drawings log on the theme of manners, specializing in popular scenes. His drawings of this epoch are characterized by presenting motley crowds in popular Barcelona scenes. From this time they date their best known works for the comic magazine TBO (in which he had begun to collaborate in 1919), where he specialized in the deed of covers. He collaborated afterward many supplementary publications, such as En Patufet and Pocholo.

In the postwar period, Opisso’s pictorial play in triumphed in the galleries of Barcelona. In 1953 he traditional recognition from his hometown at the IV Art Fair of Tarragona.

At Astoria Hotel in Barcelona a buildup of higher than 200 Opisso illustrations is shown continuously back late 2007 upon the arena floor (lobby and cafeteria). The drawings and posters come from the private stock of Jordi Clos, president of the hotel chain owner (Derby Hotels Collection). This excellent display of some of his perform in the lobby of the Hotel Astoria is just off Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona.== References ==

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