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The chronology of Las Meninas of Picasso

We have written a lot about Las Meninas of Picasso in the digital spaces. In the blog of the museum, we have various related articles that explain, for example, the arrival of the works  at the museum, the reason for the renovation of the presentation in the galleries and the transport during some trips, amongst others. Also in the website of the museum you can find an exhaustive explanation, as well as the article of quality in Wikipedia.  What we don’t have online, but does appear in the physical catalogue, is a chronological list of the worksWith this article we want to show the chronological evolution of the creation from August 16th 1957, the date that the only known sketch was created, until December 30th of the same year, the date of the last of the interpretations of Las Meninas. With this chronology we would like to transmit the intensity of the creative process of Picasso and of the exhaustive analysis by the artist of the work of Velázquez.

The series is made up of 58 works: 45 interpretations of the work Las Meninas by Velázquez (isolated figures, heads, groups of characters and interpretations of the whole), the 9 paintings of The pigeons (works about the dovecote and the views that he had from the studio of La Californie in Cannes where he painted the whole series), three landscapes and the portrait of Jacqueline. At the museum we also have the preparatory sketch that was subsequently donated to the museum and that doesn’t form part of the series itself, but it is fundamental for understanding it. As follows you can see a list of the artistic production, day by day, and month by month:

AUGUST | 1 sketch 11 interpretations of Las Meninas

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Pablo Picasso. Sketch for “Las Meninas”. Cannes, 16th August, 1957.Blue pencil on paper (page from a sketchbook). 24 x 30.5 cm. Gif of Catherine Hutin, 2009. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 113.292 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 17th August, 1957. Oil on canvas. 194 x 260 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.433

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Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 20th August, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm. Gif of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.434 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (María Agustina Sarmiento). Cannes, 20th and 26th August, 1957. Oil and traces of red grease pencil on canvas. 46 x 37.5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.435 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). CCannes, 21st August, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.436 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 22nd August, 1957. Oil on canvas. 33 x 24 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.437 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 26th August, 1957. Oil on canvas. 41 x 33 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.438

Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 27th August, 1957. Oil on canvas. 41 x 33 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.439 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 27th August, 1957. Oil and coloured grease pencils on canvas. 33 x 24 cm. Gif of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.440 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 27th August, 1957. Oil, graphite pencil and coloured grease pencils on canvas. 33 x 24 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.441 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 28th August, 1957. Oil and coloured grease pencils on canvas. 18 x 14 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.442 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 28th August, 1957. Oil and coloured grease pencils on canvas. 18 x 14 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.443

SEPTEMBER | 12 interpretations of Las Meninas and 9 of The pigeons

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Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 4th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 35 x 27 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.444 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 4th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 35 x 27 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.445 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 4th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 46 x 37.5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.446

Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 5th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 35 x 27 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.447 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 6th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 41 x 32,5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.448 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 6th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 46 x 38 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.449

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Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 6th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.450 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 6th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.451 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 7th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 33 x 24 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.452

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Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 7th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.453 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 7th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 80 x 100 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.454 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 11th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 129 x 97 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.455

Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 12th and 14th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.456 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 12th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.457 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 12th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 145 x 113 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.458

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Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 14th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.459 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 15th September, 1957. Oil and charcoal on canvas. 129 x 161 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.460 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (María Agustina Sarmiento and infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 17th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 32.5 x 41 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.461

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Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 17th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 161.5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.462 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 18th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 129 x 161 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.463 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 19th September, 1957. Oil on canvas. 161 x 129 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.464

OCTOBER | 12 interpretations of Las Meninas

Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 2nd October, 1957. Oil on canvas 161 x 129 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.465 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 3rd October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 129 x 161 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.466

Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco).Cannes, 9th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 65 x 54 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.467 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (María Agustina Sarmiento). Cannes, 9th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 65 x 54 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.468 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (María Agustina Sarmiento and infanta Margarida Maria). Cannes, 10th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 92 x 73 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.469 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (María Agustina Sarmiento). Cannes, 10th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 73 x 55 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.470 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (María Agustina Sarmiento). Cannes, 10th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 115 x 89 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.471

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Pablo Picasso. The piano. Cannes, 17th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 96 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.472 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Nicolasito Pertusato). Cannes, 24th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 61 x 50 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.473 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco, María Bárbola and Nicolasito Pertusato). Cannes, 24th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 96 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.474 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco, María Bárbola and Nicolasito Pertusato). Cannes, 24th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 96 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.475 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco, María Bárbola and Nicolasito Pertusato). Cannes, 24th October, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 96 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.476

NOVEMBER | 9 interpretations of Las Meninas

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Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco and María Bárbola). Cannes, 8th November, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 96 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.477 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria and Isabel de Velasco). Cannes, 15th November, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 96 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.478 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 15th November, 1957. Oil on canvas. 130 x 97 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.479 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 17th November 1957. Oil on canvas. 35 x 27 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.480 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (María Agustina Sarmiento). Cannes, 17th November, 1957.Oil on canvas. 24 x 19 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.481

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Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco). Cannes, 17th November, 1957. Oil on canvas. 24 x 19 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.482 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco).Cannes, 17th November, 1957. Oil on canvas. 27 x 22 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.483 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco). Cannes, 17th November, 1957. Oil on canvas. 24 x 19 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.484 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco and Nicolasito Pertusato). CCannes, 17th November, 1957. Oil on canvas. 24 x 19 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.485

DECEMBER | 1 interpretation of Las Meninas, 1 portrait of Jacqueline and 3 landscapes

Pablo Picasso. Landscape. Cannes, 2nd December, 1957. Oil on canvas. 17 x 17.5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.486 | Pablo Picasso. Landscape. Cannes, 2nd December, 1957. Oil on canvas. 14 x 18 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.487 | Pablo Picasso. Landscape. Cannes, 2nd December, 1957. Oil on canvas. 16 x 22 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.488

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Pablo Picasso. Jacqueline. Cannes, 3rd December, 1957. Oil on canvas. 116 x 89 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.489 | Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (Isabel de Velasco). Cannes, 30th December, 1957.Oil on canvas. 33 x 24 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.490

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Las Meninas in the blog of the museum

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Las Meninas in Wikipedia

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