Pablo Picasso is a Spanish artist whose vision was ahead of his time. The author of more than 20 000 art works, one of the most influential personalities of the XXth century, he had a major impact on modern art. Picasso was as well inspired by the impressionism after getting in touch with this art movement during his life in Paris. He used to experiment a lot with colors and shapes, being the founder of cubism. His periods of creativity, including The Blue and The Rose ones, together with the works created under the influence of surrealism and African national art, were always truly personal, revealing his deep emotions and feelings.
The Travel Shake Team prepared for you the guide on the museums across Europe dedicated to the great painter. Let’s embark on the journey following into the footsteps of the artist – and it all starts in Spain!
Museo Picasso, Malaga
Malaga is a birthplace of Picasso. Besides the museum in his honor, here you can as well find his house open to public. Welcoming and colorful, this city is a must-visit during your road-trip along Spain. Stay here for a couple of days to soak in its sunny spirit. Walking around the center, visit Museo Picasso to begin your acquaintance with the immortal heritage of the artist in his motherland.
The renewed collection comprises around 300 paintings, most of them being a gift from the family of Picasso. They let you trace the chronology of his creations, transmitting the versatility of his legacy and once again showing his one-of-a-kind drawing style.
Museu Picasso, Barcelona
Barcelona represents a vital milestone throughout the creative path of the painter. It is here where Picasso organized his first public exhibition and graduated from La Lonja School of Fine Arts. More than 3 500 works let us see the early period of his creations with our own eyes and compare it to his later art works.
The museum complex rich in history was founded during the lifetime of Picasso. It comprises five buildings and is located in one of the most picturesque districts in town, the Gothic Quarter, luring you to go for a walk on a sunny day. Traditional patios and the architecture of Berenguer d’Aguilar Palace are indeed mesmerizing.
Picasso moved to Madrid at the age of 16, entering a prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Art of San-Fernando. Nevertheless, he leaves his studies unfinished: traditional spirit and academic canons were too narrow for his vision and world outlook.
At the moment, the paintings of Pablo Picasso are gathered in Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, one of the most visited museums in the world included into the Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid.
The pearl of the collection and the most well known painting is undoubtedly a black-and-white
Guernica created in 1937. The atrocity of World War II and horrific destruction of the same-named town in Basque country by the fascist army are depicted in abstract forms. The painter himself wanted to see his work at Museo del Prado, where he used to spent long hours examining its rich collection.
Pablo Picasso, Guernica
The name of Pablo Picasso is strongly associated with France. When living in Paris, he chose Montmartre, which is definitely on the list during our art shake tour #TheTravelShake_Paris. Together with an art expert, we will travel in time and visit a true Mecca for artists from all over the world who were flocking here in search of freedom and self-expression. Later on, Picasso moved to the south of France, where he spent his probably most happy years.
Picasso Museum, Antibes
Following the footsteps of a great painter, we are heading to Côte D’Azur, discovering cozy port city Antibes. This spot of the French Riviera, although not as popular as the neighboring Niece or Cannes, still has a lot to offer to its guests, with plenty of local shops and artisan boutiques, fresh seafood and the beauty of the southern nature. The museum is located in the heart of the Old Town, on Place Mariejol. The place for the art collection of Pablo Picasso – le Chāteau Grimaldi – was not an accidental choice. Why here?
In 1946, the fortress became a studio for Pablo Picasso: he spent several months at the easel, inspired by the surroundings. The paintings created here, as well as the sculptures and the art works made of ceramics were granted to the museum. Thanks to a series of photos depicting those times you can see Picasso at work with your own eyes and feel the mood of the artist, for whom the French period of creativity was indeed fruitful.
Musée Picasso, Paris
To see the paintings of Picasso in Paris, we advise you to head to Musée Picasso, located in ancient mansion right in the heart of the French capital, Le Marais. Here, the emphasis is placed on showcasing all the periods of author’s creativity, demonstrating his multifaceted talent through a collection of art objects from engravings and collages to sculptures and ceramics. We find out more about his sources of inspiration from the personal collection of Picasso containing the African art items and valuable works of impressionists.
By the way, soon a new destination will appear on our art journey’s map – The Musée Jacqueline et Pablo Picas. The idea behind this project belongs to Catherine Hutin-Blay, the daughter of the second wife of the artist. The collection inherited by the founder is indeed impressive: more than 1 000 art pieces never exhibited to the public before. The inauguration ceremony is planned for 2021 in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.