Picasso - Miró

The story of an Ensaimada

The year 2023 marks fifty years since the death of Pablo Picasso (1881-1983) and forty since the death of Joan Miró (1893-1983). Some of the commemorative exhibitions being held in different countries tell of the friendship and admiration that existed between the two artists. A relationship that began in Paris in 1920, involving an ensaimada.

The story goes like this. The mothers of the two future geniuses, María Picasso and Dolores Ferrà, became close friends in Barcelona. When María found out that Joan, the son of Dolores, was preparing to travel to Paris, she asked him to take her son Pablo an ensaimada, because he loved them. The year was 1920, and by then Picasso had already produced masterpieces like Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon (1907) or Harlequin (1917), unlike Miró, who had as yet held only one exhibition in Barcelona, where he had not managed to sell a single painting.

As soon as he arrived in the French capital Miró made a beeline for number 21, Rue de la Boétie, where Picasso lived. But he couldn’t [...]


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