Our website would like to use cookies to store information on your computer. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site will not work as a result. Find out more about how we use cookies.
Wagner and Picasso
At the turn of the century, a group of Barcelona poets and artists, including Picasso, formed a literary group known as "Valhalla." Although the group's activities remain a mystery, it seems from their chosen name, that Wagner and his operatic storytelling, may have been one of their' interests.
Wagner was popular throughout Europe, and at this time, his operas were having a profound impact on the cultural scene in which Picasso found himself. many of the operas revived Norse and Arthurian legend and were laced with underlying mystical themes which were an inspiration to the Symbolists and Modernistas with whom Picasso associated.

Picasso probably attended the Wagnerian performances performed at Els Quatre Ghats, his favorite haunt.

34 years later, an important Wagnerian scene, adapted by Picasso's extraordinary imagination, emerges in "The Unknown Masterpiece." What is depicted bears a direct relationship to the pivotal scene in Wagner's opera, 'Parsifal' - the moment of mystical transformation, when the holy spear hovers harmlessly over Parsifal's head, after being hurled at him, by the black magician, Klingsor.

The opera had special significance for Picasso in 1934, elements in it related closely to his personal life and to his inevitable concerns about the rise of Hitler and the threat of another war with Germany.

<< Oedipus Hitler and The Spear of Destin... >>