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Sherlock Holmes
, 1989

Graphic work (editions), 49.9 x 38 cm

I started doing poetry in the classical sense of the literary code and, in fact, I decided to write plays because I was seeking another dimension to plain literature; I thought that the theatre offered me this other dimension. Maybe it was the movement. In poetry, I started working with language a lot; later I noticed the bulk of the wig and knew that if I could remove this wig I’d be able to show the head of the poem. Many people never take this step. All this led me – especially in Em va fer Joan Brossa – to a very expressive poetry, anti-rhetorical, direct, without many adjectives, but with vibrancy – this vibrancy, if you don’t have it, you can’t learn it, you either have it or you don’t.

It’s the duende [spirit]. And the duende, Lorca says, is not a thought, it is a power. And from here to visual poetry is another step. Everything has been a process. Moreover, as I’ve had to work in difficult times, I’ve always been interested in publishing, but it’s never been my main objective. I think everything has become coherent, not gratuitous. One thing develops from another until a building is formed. A communion, a contact between different things that fit together.

Nadal, Marta: ‘Joan Brossa: un poeta atípic’, Serra d’or, no. 373 (January 1991), p.


Technical details

Original title:
Sherlock Holmes
Registration number:
4525
Artist:
Brossa, Joan
Date created:
1989
Date acquired:
2011
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Graphic work (editions)
Media:
Lithography on paper
Dimensions:
49.9 x 38 cm (ancho x alto)
Edition number:
DT.2012.0266
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
Copyright:
© Fundació Joan Brossa, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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The problem becomes clear, crystal clear: the artist’s canvas becomes a mirror.
Michelangelo Pistoletto