From Barcelona to Paris
The first rooms of the museum are dedicated to a collection of Picasso's first oil drawings and sketches from 1893; these already clearly show the young Picasso’s talent. Especially Retrato de la Tía Pepa (Portrait of Aunt Pepa) from 1896 reveals the enormous maturity of his painting style, when considering Picasso was only 15 years old when he painted it. The following rooms display works from Picasso's early years in Paris, where he spent much of the rest of his life. From room 8 onwards, the collection shows work from Picasso's Blue Period: between 1900 and 1904, the artist painted melancholic scenes, using mostly shades of blue.
One of the rooms in Museu Picasso
Project Las Meninas
One of the highlights of the museum is the series Las Meninas (The ladies-in-waiting). In 1957, Picasso spent 5 months studying Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, a 17th-century painter. It drove him to create as much as 58 paintings inspired by this masterpiece. Picasso painted the composition or parts of Las Meninas in a cubist style; he moved the original figures and played with the colours. From what can be read from L’atelier de Picasso, Picasso said that he worked until ‘the Velázquez Meninas disappeared and my own Meninas emerged’. The book L’atlier de Picasso was written by Picasso's close friend Jaume Sabartés Gual and published in 1952 – so there is probably some truth behind the quote.
“Las Meninas is the only series from Picasso's oeuvre that is on display in its entirety in the same museum”