​​​​Picasso is undoubtedly one of the most famous painters in the world. Known as an innovator artist, his work includes many different styles from least to most academic; these changes reflect the painter’s life who lived in different places in Spain and in France. So we propose you to follow Picasso’s footsteps. Let us get on with your travel and choose a comfortable seat for you in our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains. ​

Picasso in Barcelona 

The café bar Els Quatre Gats. Photo of Ralf Roletschek

Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in Malaga, spent part of his childhood in La Coruña, and arrived in Barcelona​, in 1895, when he was a teenager. He began his career as an artist in this town. So to follow his path, let’s go to the calle Avinyo in the Gothic Neighbourhood, where was located his first workshop, where many artists from final of XIXth century to XXth century converged. Then, let’s cross the Porxos d’en Xifré of the Casa Xifré where the painter’s family moved in when they arrived in Barcelona. ​

When you are in the Ribera street, go in the Picasso Museum and immerse yourself in the heart of his work. There you can admire more than 4250 paintings and discover (again) his blue period, representative of his youth and many others works which are not the most famous so you can know an other facet of the artist. The visit lasts more or less 2 hours. 

After this great emotion moment, we invite you to walk until the modernist bohemian temple of this time: the coffee bar Els Quatre Gats, calle Pere Romeu, 3, and enjoy a well-deserved break in a place frequented by the young Picasso and many of other modernist artists at the beginning of the 1900’s. Moreover the painter made the cover of the menu card, it was his first order! 

After this break time, let’s go to the calle Montcada, 15-23, where you will see the Architecture College and the frescos made by Pablo Picasso on its walls. 

Picasso in Tarragona 

Views of the surrounding mountains of Horta de Sant Joan

To discover a different facet of Pablo Picasso, you can go to Horta de Sant Joan, at about one hour from Tarragona. The artist said there “Tot el que sé, lo he après a Horta”, “All what I know, I learnt it in Horta”. He stayed there for two times and the second period, was particularly important because it’s when he tried to unify the land he loved (Horta) and the woman he loved (Fernande Olivier). This period, not that famous, is reflected in the works which are in the Centre Picasso d’Horta. 

Picasso in Madrid

The exterior of the Prado Museum in Madrid

Pablo Picasso never lived in Madrid but the artist loved the Spanish capital where he used to go to visit the Museo Nacional del Prado -calle Ruiz de Alarcón- to see there the works made by the great Masters he admired. Then he became the Director Emeritus of this museum. 

However, it’s in the national museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofía -calle Santa Isabela 52- that you have to go to admire one of the worldwide known painting of Pablo Picasso: Guernica. This work was painted in 1937, and denounced the bombardment of Guernica, a small town of the Basque Country which occurred a few weeks before. You will be surprised by the impressive size of the work. You will feel as if the time had stopped during a few minutes. ​

At about 75 kms (46 miles) from Madrid, there is a perfect place for a getaway to know Picasso even better. It is the museum Picasso-Collection Eugenio Arias de Buitrado del Lozoya, where you can find 65 works of the artist, not as famous as the Guernica, but very interesting, owned by Eugenio Arias, Picasso’s barber and communist exiled, friend and even almost a second father for the artist who offered him many paintings. 


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