Pere Pruna Ocerans
(Barcelona, 1904 - 1977)
Pencil and coloured gouache on paper
260 × 205 mm
Pere Pruna moved to Paris in 1921. As soon as he arrived in the French capital, Pruna went to visit Picasso. The Malaga-born painter supported him from that moment and did not hesitate to present his work to various dealers, including André Lebel. Lebel, director of the Galerie Percier, agreed to represent the Catalan painter and was responsible for his first exhibition in 1924, which brought him immediate success and recognition. It was then that he was commissioned by the founder of the Ballets Russes, Sergey Diaghilev, to design the sets and costumes for his shows, as Picasso and Sert had done years earlier. Among the stage designs signed by Pruna for the company are Georges Auric’s Les matelots (1925) and La Pastoral (1926), and the opera Maximilien (1932) by Darius Milhaud, a collaboration that continued until 1940.