A Picasso Tour in Spain

It’s hard to imagine Modernist art without mentioning the name of Pablo Picasso. This Spanish painter has had an enormous influence over 20th century art and was among the few artists who actually received fame and recognition during their lifetime.
Like many painters of his time, Pablo Picasso lived and worked in the bohemian neighborhoods of Paris. But this doesn’t make him less of a Spaniard: Spain is still the birthplace of Picasso and you’ll be able to admire many of Picasso’s early works in Spanish art museums. Actually, despite the common association between Picasso and Paris, the painter also spent a considerable amount of time in Barcelona. However, a Picasso tour of Spain should always start with the artist’s native city, the exuberant Malaga:

Museo Picasso Malaga

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In 1881 the city of Malaga witnessed the birth of a future genius and founding-father of Cubism, who came to be known as Pablo Ruiz Picasso (it would take a whole paragraph to quote Picasso’s entire name, so I’ll let you research it if interested). The house where Picasso was born, situated on Plaza de la Merced, can still be visited today, as it was transformed into a Birthplace Museum. Since 2003, Malaga is also home to a Picasso Museum, containing numerous paintings and drawings, as well as a small library and photography collection.

Museu Picasso Barcelona

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Picasso only spent half of his childhood in Malaga: his family moved to La Coruna, and then to Barcelona, where Picasso followed the courses of art institutions. Today Barcelona has become home to the Museu Picasso, containing works of the young Picasso. This museum represents a great experience for all those interested in the painter’s early work and technique – the museum collection is ordered chronologically, thus allowing visitors to see the evolution of Picasso’s style. There are hundreds of sketches and drawings, as well as paintings from the Blue and Rose periods, ceramics and engravings.

Museo Reina Sofia

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As a teenager, Picasso was also a student at the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid – he was not the kind of student who could feel comfortable in an academic environment, however, so he soon dropped off. But despite his preference for Barcelona and Paris, the capital of Spain is still the host of one of Picasso’s most famous paintings, Guernica. After a long staying in New York, Guernica, a disturbing depiction of the war, returned to its native Spain in 1992, where it constitutes one of the centerpieces of Museo Raina Sofia art collection.

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