Ilustració Catalana

The first graphic magazine in Catalan was founded as a “periódich desenal, artistich, literari i científic” at the hands of the editor Carles Sampons, who wagered for the most outstanding writers and artists, the aim was the creation of a publication similar to the existing ones in Europe. In 1882 when Sampons died, Francesc Matheu took charge of the magazine as editor in chief, and the magazine thus turned into a fortnightly publication. Matheu continued in the founder's spirit, maintaining the relevant literary collaborations and putting special care in the quality of the reproduction of the etchings.


The authors of this weekly graphic magazine were the writer Josep M. de Sagarra and the journalist Josep M. Planes, the future editor in chief of the publication, who presented the project to the editor and bookseller, Antoni López Llausàs, owner of the printing house NAGSA. Imatges was put in practise with a very explicit intention, to overcome “a gap” in the Catalan press.

L'Esquella de la Torratxa

L'Esquella de la Torratxa (1872-1939) was the great Republican humour magazine of the first third of the twentieth century. Owned by the López family, and popular among the middle classes, it had a strong political impact and a clear social influence, with a print run that reached 35,000 copies. Four generations of Barcelona’s professional cartoonists and illustrators contributed to the magazine, including prominent figures like Apel·les Mestres, Isidre Nonell, Josep Costa (Picarol), Feliu Elias (Apa), Jaume Passarell and Ricard Opisso

La Campana de Gràcia

A weekly satirical, republican and anticlerical magazine. It was founded by Innocenci López y Bernagosi the 8th of May 1870 with the title suggested by Valentí Almirall, who remembered the revolts provoked by a fifth-column levy two months before in the Vila de Gràcia, during which the parish bell didn't stop ringing.

La Esfera

Elegant, reformist, and an excellent piece of collection, this weekly deeply marked the panorama of the Spanish magazines of the first third of the 20th Century with its 889 editions published, in addition to the special issues on particular events or monographs dedicated to different cities of Spain. The 3rd of January 1914 it was launched, luxuriously edited in couché paper, thus commencing a long journey until its extinction, due to the international crisis, the 17th of January 1931.

La Hormiga de Oro

This weekly magazine based in Barcelona that during half a century represented the Catholicism and Carlism was founded by the journalist and politician Luis M. Llauder. Owner and editor in chief of El Correo Catalán, Llauder wanted his magazine to stand out in comparison to the other existing religious publications by reaching all kinds of audience, this is why it was proposed as a “pleasant” weekly and at an affordable price.

La Jornada Deportiva

A weekly publication specialised in sports which was also founded with a clear graphic vocation, as indicated in the subtitle “illustrated newspaper of critique and information” and the full-page photography on the front page, a feature that would characterise it throughout its history. It was sports media that would set the modernising tendency of the press of the 20es, both due to the style of its content as well as for its formal aspect.

La Tribuna

Between 1911 and 1919 La Tribuna was the pioneer amongst the daily graphics of the Catalan press. As of its foundation in 1903, this liberal newspaper, of left-wing inclination and with a popular vocation, wasn't renowned at all for a graphic wagering, since it didn't include any photo; it only included some illustrations on occasions.

La Vanguardia

La Vanguardia, the doyen of the Catalan press, did not really take off until 1888, when it made the switch from political paper to daily newspaper. This change coincided with the appointment of a new director, Modesto Sánchez Ortiz, who modernised it over the next thirteen years, hiring talented writers and turning a second-rate paper into an important publication. Sánchez Ortiz gave it a facelift, commissioning a series of artists to illustrate different events with engravings.

Mundo Gráfico

The first publication of the new company Prensa Gráfica S.A., fruit of the split up of the founding team of Nuevo Mundo, the weekly Mundo Gráfico appeared with a first issue containing around 100 images of drawings and photos.