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Pablo Picasso

Gongora Suite

Gongora’s sophisticated and complex poetic style inspired a school of literature, called culteranismo, influenced by his expressive power, unrestrained by the strict conventions of formal Spanish. Known for his sharp wit and self-satire, he was acutely aware of the irony in his passion for women and gambling, and his position as a deacon of the Catholic Church. In Gongora, Picasso’s handwritten Spanish text, with its embellishing remorques closely following the words, established the artist’s personal attachment to the poetry. The rich presentation of images, described as a veritable feminine kaleidoscope, invites the natural comparison with the great Spanish portraitists Velasquez and El Greco, who were Gongora’s contemporaries.