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Joaquim Muntañola / PHOTO: ARXIU LA VANGUARDIA

PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Joaquim Muntañola, born in Barcelona on April 9th, 1914, was one of the most popular artists in Catalonia. The artist, who contributed to the weekly ‘Barça’ magazine since the 50s, started his career in 1929. He contributed to the El Be Negre, Xut!, En Parufet, TBO and Papitu. After the war he worked with La Vanguardia, El Correo Catalán, Vida Deportiva, Barcelona Deportiva, Dicen..., El Mundo Deportivo, Lean, Barça and Revista Barcelonaista. He was a successful novelist, playwright, joke-book author - he was also an avid sculptor.

Clué for life

Muntañola, a huge Barça fan, counted Boisca, Seguer, the Gonzalvo and Kubala amongst his friends, he drew them like no other. He always considered it a privilege to be able to enjoy drawing and writing about his Club, he was very proud of the entity’s independent spirit. As a good Clué, he was very clear: “I always want Barça to win and I don’t care who plays or who the president is.”

Tribute from the veterans

On March 4th, 2000, the Retired FC Barcelona Players Group paid tribute to the artist, men of note, like Enric Gensana, Estanislau Basora and Antoni Ramallets figured amongst the attendees. Muntañola, who won the Creu de Sant Jordi that year, was distinguished with the gold insignia of the FCB Group.

Special collaboration with 'Revista Barça'

Joaquim Muntañola drew a special caricature in the centerfold of the 23rd edition of ‘Revista Barça,’ on April 2008. It was dedicated to the special relationship between the art of drawing and Barça.

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