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One hundred years since the gift of The Harlequin

The Harlequin is one of the most emblematic paintings of the Museu Picasso, a painting that that shouldn’t be missing from any anthology of the permanent collection. Apart from its importance within the group of the most outstanding works of the museum, the painting is important for us because it was the first gift that Picasso donated to the Art Museums of Barcelona, the city where he was formed and became consolidated as an artist. The museum is now celebrating the centenary of that pioneering donation in 1919. Picasso had produced the painting two years before in Barcelona, during his ...

The Porxos d’en Xifré, Picasso’s first residence in Barcelona

The Porxos d’en Xifré is a historic building of Barcelona which was inaugurated in 1840 after four years of works.  It occupies the block formed by the Passeig d’Isabel II, the Pla de Palau and the streets of Reina Cristina and Llauder, plots of land that were urbanized in 1834 as a result of the demolition of the sea wall. The building was the first to appear in daguerreotype done in Spain and is decorated with Masonic symbols.  But did you know that it was the first place where Picasso lived when his family moved to Barcelona? 

On the death of John Richardson, friend and expert of Picasso

The British art historian John Richardson, who died in New York on March 12th at the age of 95 years old, was a representative of the best Anglo-Saxon tradition of the genre of biography. It's a way of doing things that, without giving up on facts and figures and the abundant documentation that a biography requires, provides a literary style, a narrative structure and a skillful way of interweaving the life and work of the character being written about, and in which academic rigor and dissemination go hand in hand. John Richardson admiring one of the works of the exhibition Picasso ...

Picassian Fables

Pablo Picasso. Self-Portrait, Sketches of Pompeu Gener and Oriol Martí and Other Sketches. Barcelona, 1899-1900. Pen and ink, and graphite pencil on watermarked paper. 32 x 22 cm. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.676. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photograph, Gasull Fotografia The influence of geniuses is directly proportional to the number of legends and apocryphal stories that can be told about them. Picasso is a clear example of this capacity of human beings to make up stories about the personalities who were notable for their outstanding talent and extraordinary skills. There are many anecdotes and stories about Picasso, ...

Inhabitants of the Museum: Pere Romeu, the soul of Quatre Gats

In the review of the inhabitants of the Museu Picasso, we take a stop at the figure of Pere Romeu, who we refer to as the soul of the Quatre Gats. A bohemian character and cultural promoter – but without capital for carrying out his projects, Romeu is the protagonist of some of the drawings that Picasso did in Barcelona’s legendary tavern and that form part of our permanent collection.