Do you know the inhabitants of the Museu Picasso?

Last year we started a series of biographical articles about the characters that appear in the paintings of Picasso from the collection of the museum. They are people with names and surnames, intimate friends, close relations or simply acquaintances that passed through Picasso’s life.  Of all of them, the artist did portraits using different techniques and styles that allow us to appreciate the wealth of registers that the artist mastered.

Collage Habitants

We thought it would interesting to find a few more references about the lives of these people, who in the collective imagery often remain eclipsed by the shadow of the artist, at the same time as we make the jigsaw of the relations in the life of Picasso larger.  The small biography of each of them accompanies the portraits of the people, as well as photographs from the period which let us compare the portrait with the person portrayed.

As follows we invite you to discover the inhabitants whose biographies we have been researching:
Àngel Fernández de Soto, the dandy friend of Picasso

MPB_070.808Casagemas i Picasso carrer Mercè

Pablo Picasso. Picasso, Àngel Fernández de Soto and Sebastià Junyer i Vidal in a café. Barcelona, c. 1903. Pen and sepia ink on paper. 13.2 x 9 cm. Gift of Sebastià Junyer i Vidal, 1966. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 70.808 | Picasso, Ángel Fernández de Soto and Carles Casagemas on the Picasso family terrace, in the street of la Mercè circa. 1900. Source: Eduard Vallès Archive, Barcelona

Jaume Sabartés, the secretary, friend and confidante of Picasso

Retrat de Jaume SabartésJaume Sabartés

Portrait of Sabartés s/d. Fons Jaume Sabartés. Museu Picasso, Barcelona | Pablo Picasso.  Portrait of Jaume Sabartés with ruff and cap . 22/10/1939. Oil on canvas . 46 x 38 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés 1952. MPB 70.241. Museu Picasso, Barcelona / Gasull

Carles Casagemas, the mysterious friend from youth of Picasso

MPB 110.022Casagemas i Picasso carrer Mercè

Pablo Picasso. Retrat de Carles Casagemas. 1899-1900. Oli sobre tela. 55 x 45 cm.  | Picasso, Ángel F. de Soto i Carles Casagemas a la terrassa familiar del primer, en el carrer de la Mercè c. 1900. Font: Arxiu Eduard Vallès, Barcelona

Lola, Picasso’s sister


Lola Ruiz Picasso. Photographer: José Sellier. Heirs of Ricardo Huelin Ruiz-Blasco, Madrid | Pablo Picasso. Lol Lulling her Doll. Sketchbook of A Coruña, 1894. Graphite pencil on paper. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 111.417

Léonide Massine, the harlequin of Picasso

Leonide Massine 1920Arlequi

Photograph of Léonide Massine, 1920. Source: Picasso in Italia, Girorgio Cortenova, 1990. | Pablo Picasso.Harlequin. 1917. Oil on canvas. 116 x 90 cm. MPB 10.941

Sebastià Junyent, modernist painter

Sebastià Junyent. Library of Catalonia | Portrait of Sebastià Junyent. Pablo Picasso, 1903. Oil on canvas. 73 x 60 cm.  MPB 110.018

Josefa Ruiz Blasco, Aunt Pepa

Josefa Ruiz BlascoLa tia Pepa

Josefa Ruiz Blasco Ricardo Huelin Collection | Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Aunt Pepa. Malaga, June-July 1896. Oil on canvas.57.5 x 50.5 cm. Donationby Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.010

Blanquita Suárez: variety star

Fotografia de Blanquita SuárezQuadre de Blanquita Suárez. Pablo Picasso

Photograph of Blanquita Suárez. Source: Fundación El Molino | Blanquita Suárez. Pablo Picasso. Barcelona, 1917. Oil on canvas. Donation of the artist in 1970

The list is still getting bigger!

Cristina Martín

Related links

Online catalogue of the collection of the museum

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