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  • Ricard Opisso was a Catalan cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and painter. Opisso worked as an assistant to Antonio Gaudí in the works of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona since 1892. He was linked to Els Quatre Gats group, together with Ramon Casas, Manuel Hugué, Isidre Nonell and Pablo Picasso, among others. Later he worked as an illustrator in publications such as ¡Cu-cut! (1903) and L’Esquella de la Torratxa (1912), signing drawings oriented to political satire, which are graphically related to art nouveau. Because of the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera, Opisso abandons political satire and his drawings approach the theme of manners, specializing in popular scenes. His drawings of this era 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 realization of covers. He collaborated with many other publications, such as En Patufet and Pocholo. In the postwar period, Opisso’s pictorial work triumphed in the galleries of Barcelona. In 1953 he received recognition from his hometown at the IV Art Fair of Tarragona.

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