Hidden Art Collection Dedicated to the Genius Ricard Opisso

Hidden Art Collection dedicated to the Genius Ricard Opisso

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

Although he was born in Tarragona, his family moved to Barcelona when Opisso was only two years old. In the modernist Barcelona of the late nineteenth century, Opisso worked as an assistant to Antonio Gaudí in the works of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona since 1892.


He was linked to the Els Quatre Gats group, together with Ramón Casas, Manuel Hugué, Isidre Nonell and Pablo Picasso, among others.

Hidden Permanent Art Collection for Free in the Hotel Astoria in Barcelona

The Museum room dedicated to Ricard Opisso is located by the lobby, showing over a hundred pieces from this Genius. A tour of the Catalan artist’s life within the cultural context of the first half of the twentieth century, from his beginnings as an apprentice to Gaudí, when he regularly visited Barcelona’s “Els Quartre Gats”, a tavern that served as a haven for artists and bohemians and where the artist met Picasso, to his time in Paris, where Opisso had the chance to unleash his most insinuation side and published work in French satirical magazines under the pseudonym “le Bigre”. After the Civil War he left behind his social criticism work and turned toward a personal projection that was friendlier and more in line with his new clients’ tastes. 

Ricard Opisso

How to Get There:

Hotel Astoria 3*

París, 203

08036 Barcelona