Born into an aristocratic family closely linked to the world of art and literature, Josep M. de Sucre (Barcelona, 1886–1969) soon began attending the social gatherings of the intellectual cafes of Barcelona, such as Els Quatre Gats, where he coincided with Pablo Picasso and the writer Eugeni d’Ors, among others. He also made friends with Joan Salvat-Papasseit and Joaquín Torres Garcia. This context marked him throughout his career, making him a versatile and well-known figure in the world of Catalan culture. Poet, critic and promoter of major cultural events in the city such as the Saló d’Octubre, he began his artistic career in the late twenties with an exhibition at the Sala Dalmau, Barcelona.
Employing an Expressionist language and a certain primitivism, his paintings bridge the transition from Modernisme to the avant-garde, portraying faces with disturbing expressions and a profound nihilism.