The catalogue raisonné of Joan Ponç is a project led by the Associació Joan Ponç with the aim to compile and document his artistic production and make it accessible to collectors, scholars and general audiences.
Research work began in 2009, with the cataloguing, documenting and tracking of the works comprised in the catalogue. In the definition phase we had the support of Anna Agustí, and the project has been carried out by Dr. Sol Enjuanes Puyol.
Despite the fact that we initially planned to publish the catalogue in paper format, we have finally opted for the digital format, which makes it possible to update and revise the information and leaves the door open for future ampliations.
It has been our priority at all times to study the works directly, in either public or private collections. The data we have gathered has been contrasted and complemented with information from several sources:
– Published monographs about the artist
– Exhibition catalogues
– Journals, magazines and periodicals
– Auction catalogues
– Documents preserved in public and private archives
The works have been studied and examined directly whenever possible —if not, we have included information gathered from documental sources. As to the works of unclear authorship, we have decided not to include them in the catalogue.
A small number of works were given a title by Ponç; if there is written evidence of them, these titles are indicated. Most titles, however, were given to the works posteriorly. In such cases, we have decided to follow these criteria:
– Include the title as found in the documental sources.
– Follow the classification in ‘suites’ established in the monographs by Omer and Lubar.
– If there is written evidence that the work has been identified with a specific name repeatedly, we include the name of the suite with the byname as a subtitle.
– If there is no record of a title, we include the heading ‘Untitled’ and, in some cases, we also include the descriptive name generally used to identify the work.
We indicate the original date of the works as stated by the artist. In the case of undated works we propose a date preceded by ‘c.’ (circa), in order to indicate that the date is attributed instead of established by the artist.
This catalogue raisonné compiles both the drawings and the oil paintings of Joan Ponç, as we understand that, despite them being the product of two different techniques, they are all artistic expressions of a single creative intention. As a consequence, the catalogue comprises works of multiple styles and formats: from sketches to drawings or oil paintings. This criterion is a product of the main intention behind this catalogue: to establish clear attributions, and not to impose a hyerarchical structure on Ponç’s production or preset aesthetic criteria.
Dimensions are expressed in centimeters, first the height and then the width. Our priority has been to measure the works directly. In the cases where it has been impossible, we indicate the dimensions given by the collectors or found in the documental sources.
Ponç changed his signature shortly after the beginning of his creative career. Besides the change in the calligraphic stroke, both signatures differed in the final letter: what was a final ’S’ in the surname became a ‘Ç’. When we have located the earlier signature, we have referred to it as “old signature”. In the cases where we have established that the work was signed after its completion, we indicate “signed posteriorly”. In every work we indicate whether it is signed or not.
We indicate the collection to which the work belongs, provided that we have the consent of the owner. If the collector wishes to remain anonymous, we use the label “Private collection”. We use no label if the location of the work is unknown.
We list the different collections to which the work has belonged.
We provide information of all the exhibitions of which the work has been part.
Under this heading we include any other relevant information about the work that may be of interest.
We list bibliographical refences that include reproductions of the work.