THERE ARE NO ITEMS
Author: Jean Marie del Moral
Photograph: Jean Marie del Moral
Co-published with FUNDACIÓ PALAU
Designer: Mariona García
Text: Manuel Guerrero, Anna Maluquer i Ferrer
Binding: Paperback with stitched flaps
Dimensions: 15 x 21 cm / 5.8 x 8.2 in
Language: CAT / FRA / ESP/ ENG
Publication date: 2023
Picasso and Miró revolutionized modern art in the early 20th century. Although trained in Barcelona, it was in Paris where both were consecrated as artists. Having said that, their painting and art have their roots in two unique places in southern Catalonia: Horta de Sant Joan and Mont-Roig del Camp.
French photographer Jean Marie Del Moral, son of Spanish exiles during the Civil War, has never ceased to be fascinated by the work and figures of Picasso and Miró. A connoisseur of the places where both geniuses were inspired and worked, he affirms that in Horta and Mont-Roig, Picasso and Miró found nature and popular culture in its primitive state. Del Moral believes that both artists, although they painted differently, shared the same ideas about creation, art, life and nature. Hence, he believes that the roots of their art are alike and that the similarities between the Horta and Mont-Roig landscapes are very revealing.
Through his lyrical and intimate photography, Del Moral creates an imaginary dialogue between the landscapes and places that inspired Picasso and Miró. He has a perceptive and poetic gaze, heir to that of the great masters of Catalan photography such as Joaquim Gomis and Francesc Català Roca and reminding us also of Paul Strand or Edward Weston images. Jean Marie Del Moral discovers a new Picasso and a new Miró, still original and unique but close in essence.