This month the Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona (Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona) opens a new exhibition Ramon Casas, Cartellista i el seu temps (Ramon Casas, poster illustrator and his times) with a retrospective of 53 art nouveau posters. Ramon Casas i Carbó (1866 – 1932) was one of the key figures involved in the development of the Catalan art nouveau movement.

The exhibition also includes graphic works by Rusiñol, Alexandre de Riquer, Adrià Gual, Antoni Utrillo Lluís Labarta. Its objective is to highlight the work of Ramon Casas, a major force in art nouveau – Catalan modernism, as a precursor of modern of graphic design and advertising through some of his most famous works, works such as ‘L’auca del senyor Esteve’, designs for the covers of Pèl i Ploma magazine or adverts he drew for Anís del Mono.

All of the exhibited works belong to the private collection of Marc Martí. The show’s commissioner, Marc Martinez, has noted that the same quality could not be reproduced now because modern printing techniques cannot match the intensity of the colours created by lithographic

This exhibition is being held by the Royal Artistic Circle as part of the celebration of ‘Casa Year’, the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The exhibition is taking place at 5 Calle Arcs, just a few metres from Barcelona’s Cathedral. It is open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday. Entry is free.