Pablo Picasso, ‘Sala Gaspar’, 1961, New River Fine Art

Sala Gaspar was founded in 1909 by Joan Gaspar Xalabarder as a frame and mirror shop. He soon began exhibiting the work of his artist friends, the generation of Catalan modernist painters. After the Spanish Civil War, his son Miguel Gaspar Paronella took over the business with his cousin Joan Gaspar, and expanded the gallery in 1944. The 1950s marked a turning point in the history of the gallery, when “Gaspares” met Pablo Picasso. In 1956, after the Spanish civil war, Sala Gaspar organized the first exhibition of Picasso’s work in Spain which featured thirty exceptional oil paintings Picasso selected and sent from Paris. From that first exhibition, the relationship grew with Picasso and many other 20th Century Masters including Miro, Calder, Dali and Braque until the Barcelona gallery gained an international reputation for the quality, quantity, and significance of the works exhibited.

Signature: Signed, and dedicated "por Gaspar) in blue crayon. The catalog was produced for an exhibition on Picasso's drawings, gouaches and watercolors held at the legendary Sala Gaspar gallery in 1961.

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France