The Elisava’s Enric Bricall Library is hosting a new exhibition dedicated to the covers that, throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Manolo Prieto designed for the Novelas y Cuentos collection, a popular literary magazine published by the Dédalo publishing house.
The covers were characterized by a great economy of means, both in terms of paper and inks and with the time that Prieto had to design them. The weekly periodicity of the magazine required great agility in the execution and an extraordinary capacity of synthesis so that the new issues reached the newsstands on time.
Manolo Prieto knew how to combine the vocabulary of the artistic avant-garde with an ability for drawing that captured the essential things. The repertoire of images that make up Novelas y Cuentos is full of rhetorical figures of visual language, such as metaphors, allegories, ellipsis or hyperbole. His illustrations based on lines, colour spots and shading constitute a prodigious abstraction of the content of the story.