During my visit to Barcelona, I had a chance to explore on my own, not with my tour group. So I thought of going to the Picasso museum to check on some of his work.
Tell us about Museu Picasso
Museu Picasso is the most visited museum in Barcelona, located at Montcada Street, a trendy born district. Visiting the Museu Picasso will enable you to understand the formative years of Pablo Picasso.
We were lucky to get on the line and get our tickets. The line was long and waited for half an hour to get our ticket. But we heard that tickets can sell out before closing so it is best to buy your ticket in advance online. This will save you the time waiting in line.
Over 4,000 art pieces
The mansion has a permanent exhibition of more than 4,000 Picassos. You will see most of the works are from his early years and showcase the maturation of the artist. The art pieces there are donated by Picasso himself as thanks to his friend Jamie Sebartes, the founder of the museum.
Stone Mansion Museum
The museum is the stone mansions so it is quite a unique experience to walk through the museum.
Who is Picasso
Picasso was from Malaga Spain born on Oct 20, 1881. He showed a passion and skill for drawing from an early age. At first, he learns from his father who is an art teacher in figure drawing and oil painting. When Picasso was 13 years old, his father could not teach him anymore as his skill had already surpassed his father. At his adult, he flew to France om 1904 and settling there.
There are several important periods Picasso go through –
- The Blue Period – was his work done between 1901-1904 when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green.
- The Rose Period – this time Picasso use more orange and cheerful color
- The African-influenced Period – get the inspiration from the African masks, arts of ancient Egypt
- Cubism Period – was created by Picasso and considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century. Interlocking shapes and geometric planes are examples of cubism.
African Influenced Period
You will see tons of drawing on Las Meninas!
Picasso started an extended series of variations on Las Meninas of Diego Velazquez. You can see many of Picasso’s variations here and all are very interesting. There is the repetition of Las Meninas artworks but if you notice carefully, each one is slightly different.
What about “The Four Cats”
This is the cafe in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain that was famous among artists. At 17 years old, Picasso began frequenting El Quatre Gats (The Four Cats) and even held his first sold exhibition in the main room. The 4 Cats restaurant still exist and you can visit
What you can get from the Souvenirs shop
There are tons of things sold at the souvenirs store on the way out, books, pillowcases, stationary, mugs, cups, ceramics plates but I have only gotten a postcard as it is light for me to bring home.
Museu Picasso in Barcelona displayed Picasso early artworks. Overall it is a great experience for me.