#1 Barselona Harlequin
Without a doubt, one of the finest places to view Picasso paintings in Barcelona is the Picasso Museum, which houses more than 4,000 of his works in its permanent collection. Noteworthy in the museum is one of Picasso’s series of Harlequin paintings, “Barselona Harlequin” from 1917, an oil-and-canvas portrait. Featuring a hint of cubism, the work is considered one of Picasso’s most balanced paintings. The subject appears sad, introspective and somewhat uncertain about his upcoming performance. This painting subtly represents the artist’s transition from one style to another.
#2 The First Communion
Another notable Picasso painting in the museum is “The First Communion,” the artist’s first professional large-scale work. Picasso produced the work as a student in 1896. A painting conforming to the era’s social realism, “The First Communion” depicts Picasso’s sister’s transition to adulthood as she eagerly anticipates partaking in the sacrament. Using his father as a model for the man in the painting, Picasso symbolized his own transition into artistic adulthood under the direction of the elder Picasso.
#3 Science and Charity
Also among the museum’s Picasso paintings in Barcelona is another example of social realism, “Science and Charity.” Picasso was only 15 years old in 1897 when he painted the work. He actually hired a beggar and his child as models for the sketches of the painting, which represents the good that science can accomplish.
#4 Leaning Woman in Bonnet
The neoclassist oil-on-canvas portrait “Leaning Woman in Bonnet” depicts the same contemplative image as that of the Harlequin. The touch of facial asymmetry reflects Picasso’s gradual transition from realism to modern art. Following his death, Picasso’s wife donated the painting to the museum.
#5 Las Meninas
The Picasso Museum also houses one of the artist’s most interesting works, “Las Meninas,” a 58-painting series influenced by artist Diego Valazquez’s work of the same name. Picasso’s 1957 interpretation is uniquely abstract in contrast to the original. The work is the only remaining complete series of Picasso’s paintings.
More than just an expatriate and “ladies’ man” who remarked “there are only two kinds of women, goddesses and doormats,” Picasso was among the most innovative artists of the 20th century. Throughout his life, Picasso continued to claim Barcelona as his home, and no trip to the city is complete without the opportunity to view his influential works.