"Charles Deering (Paris, Maine, 1852 - Miami, Florida, 1927) commissioned Josep Maria Sert (Barcelona, 1874-1945) to paint some murals to decorate the main entrance of the Maricel de Mar.
The work comprises six compositions and its narrative structure follows a right-left direction, commonly seen in Sert. With the exception of the first panel, the narration has two parts: the first one is related to humans and depicts the main facts of World War I, whether they are real or desired, and the other part is transcendental or imaginary and runs parallel to the first, underlining the described action.
When Charles Deering left Sitges in 1921, he took the paintings with him. Years later, the art collector, Dr. Jesús Pérez-Rosales, purchased them and they were returned to the place for which they had originally been created.
Standing out in this composition are two red figures that catch viewers’ eyes. Both figures appear to be the same person, a wizard in a different position.
The wizard takes off his hat, he welcomes everyone to the show and points to ‘el gra’, a building that represents the Tower of Babel.
This panel presents the scenario of the conflict but also expresses the justification of the War.
As regards divinity, it looks as if a figure is showing the book of history to another figure, explaining what is happening on earth, the picture of total fatalism, the expression of the idea of human predestination and where it is written."


  • Title: Europe has a pain
  • Creator: Josep M. Sert i Badia
  • Date Created: 1916
  • Physical Dimensions: 400 x 596 cm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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