Solana painted "La tertulia del café de Pombo" in 1920, at the request of his friend Ramón Gómez de la Serna, a writer linked to the avant-garde movement, surrounded in the composition by various of the participants in the gatherings that took place on Saturday evenings in the café Pombo, an old wine bar that had been turned into a modest and somewhat anachronistic café on number 4 Calle Carretas.