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On International Women’s Day, observed on March 8th 2019, the European Museum of Modern Art—better known as the MEAM — inaugurated the exhibition Painting Today / Pintando Hoy curated by PoetsArtists publisher Didi Menendez.
Painting Today shows over 70 artworks by female artists of many different ethnic origins, hailing from north, south, and central America, Oceania, and Europe. Some are emerging artists, others have reached the pinnacle of their careers. Nineteen of us were lucky enough to have the time and means to travel to Barcelona to go to the well-attended opening ceremony at this beautiful and important museum, founded by its director, José Manuel Infiesta—a true gentleman, an indefatigable visionary, a lover of strong figurative art.
Settled in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, Ramon Pichot (Barcelona, 1871 – Paris, 1925), who had worked in Barcelona with Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir and Isidre Nonell, lived in the Bohemian and artistic environment of Montmartre. The initiatory journey to Paris was frequent among many artists, but Pichot went there to stay, and died there. In Paris he would become integrated in a colony of Catalan and Spanish artists and intellectuals, he would get to know and received influences of the post-impressionist and Fauvist artistic trends, and he participated in numerous international events, such as the show of the scandal of the fauves, and made contact with dealers and merchants.