Joan Junceda

Barcelona, 1881

Joan Junceda

Joan Junceda, full name Joan García Junceda i Supervia (1881 in Barcelona – 1948 in Blanes), was one of the most important Catalan artists and illustrators in the first half of the 20th century. Junceda worked in many publications, including ¡Cu-Cut!, Papitu, Picarol and En Patufet.

After not being able to pass the tests in order to join the Spanish Army, Joan Junceda taught himself drawing while working at the offices of the El Siglo shopping center in Barcelona. There he became part of the team that was illustrating the shop’s catalogues.

He published his first drawing in ¡Cu-Cut! On Christmas eve 1902 under the pseudonym Ribera. Junceda illustrated the “Historietes Exemplars” series, a collection of stories with a moral lesson compiled by Josep Maria Folch I Torres, which were published for the first time in “L’Esquitx” magazine. His most well-known work, however, would be the illustrations he did for “Bon Seny”, a compilation of the oral lore regarding seny, an archetypal Catalan virtue, that was undertaken by writer Josep Abril I Virgili (1869-1918) encouraged by Josep Torras i Bages, bishop of Vic. Bon Seny contains aphorisms, fables, and humorous stories based on the rural traditions of Catalonia. It was published in the Catalan language before the Spanish Civil War and the book became rare during General Franco’s authoritarian regime, when so much Catalan printed material had been burned and printing in Catalan was severely restricted or, directly, forbidden.

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