One of the most popular attractions of the beautiful Mediterranean Coast of Barcelona is the famous Picasso Museum. This museum is a must-see as it houses an impressive collection of Pablo Picasso’s work. A Spanish native himself, Picasso has become one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The museum is home to exactly 4,251 pieces of art. A total of five medieval palaces comprise the entire museum. The Picasso Museum Barcelona is located in the La Ribera area and can be reached by metro on the Juame I stop.
Picasso is a native-born Spaniard who spent most of his adult years in France. As an adolescent, he showed much artistic talent and creativity. He began experimenting with different styles and techniques after being influenced by French painter Henri Matisse. Picasso is known for his prolific works of art and the myriad styles utilized. In fact, Picasso’s work is often divided several different “periods”. Some of the most well-known “periods” include the “Blue Period”, the “Rose Period” and “Surrealism”. Each of these divisions marks a stark difference in Picasso’s work reflecting new techniques, influences and moods implemented by the artist.
The “Blue Period” is often recognized as Picasso’s first period and lasts from 1901-1904. These works are characterized by an earnest mood. Dark blue and dark green shades dominate the majority of these pieces, suggesting a shared motif throughout. During this time, Picasso suffered a bout of depression after the death of his friend. His paintings reflect a somber emotion and feelings of loss. Unhealthy subjects are prevalent throughout these pieces such as beggars, blind men, prostitutes and emaciated people. Despite becoming some of his most praised works later on, Picasso wasn’t as praised during the “Blue Period” as he was prior.
Picasso Museum Barcelona features work largely from Picasso’s early collection. In fact, there are very few paintings dating past 1917. The “Blue Period”, previously mentioned, is well-represented in the museum. “Motherhood” is one piece from this period featuring a mother holding her child affectionately, yet with a look of gloom in here eyes. “Still Life” is another one of Picasso’s renowned works featuring a table with flowers, fruit and food. Unlike his “Blue Period” paintings, “Still Life” is rich in colors.
Some of Picasso’s cubism work is featured such as “Blanquita Suárez”, a painting of a then-famous comedic dancer. The Picasso Museum Barcelona is home to Las Meninas, an entire collection that reinterpreted the famous work of art by Diego Velázquez. This series marks some of Picasso’s most praised works. Seeing all of them together in person gives visitors a truly unique experience. Another work of great interest is “First Communion” which was painted when Picasso was still an adolescent attending art school in Barcelona. This work is of great intrigue as the style still conforms the status-quo norms of the time, before Picasso made a name for himself using varying and unique styles.