Buscando Barcelona

“I Do Not Seek, I Find”— Museu Picasso

Posted on: December 15, 2009

My trip to the Museu Picasso was incredibly interesting.  Picasso came to live in Barcelona when he was 14 years old and became one of the city’s most influential artists. Here he studied at the Lloja Art school which was discussed earlier. His father was an art teacher there and while he learned alot from him, he was a true child prodigy in the arts.  Picasso loved Barcelona because he spent his key years as an artists apprentice in this city. Because of this, his last wish was to have a museum established there. In 1963 with the help of  his personal friend Jaume Sabartes, the museum opened its doors at 15 Carrer de Montcada, and is now one of the many museums in the modern guild along this street. The setting of the museum is almost as stunning as the collection itself. Set inside a series of 4 connected palaces, mainly the Palau Berenguer d’Aguilar, the contrast created between the medieval architecture and the modern art is beautiful.

            The collection within is much of Sabarte’s personal collection, along with several lithographs, posters, drawings and pottery from the artist’s home. While most of the works are relatively unknown, it is not to say they aren’t as important as those shown in the Louvre or in Madrid. In fact, they give more information about the development of Picasso as an artist. One of my favorites was Science and Charity. It depicts a person sick in bed with a doctor on one side representing medicine, and a nun on the other representing religion. Picasso was conflicted at this time with his father because his father was of the academic style of painting but Picasso favored the freer styles. In the painting Picasso manages to create the illusion of the shortening and lengthening of the plane of the bed as you walk from one side of the painting to the other. This incredible knack for perspective is often imitated but has rarely been duplicated so perfectly by any other artist.

Another one of the most interesting paintings I saw was The Madman.  It is of an irrationally tall man who has a crazed expression on his face. I learned in my architecture class that this painting was the transition between the sadness he felt in the blue period and the rejection of his sad reality in the rose period. He had come to terms with the fact that he could not change his circumstances at the time and rather than actually go crazy, he left his feelings behind on paper.

Author’s Note: Because I was not allowed to take pictures inside the museum because of possible damage to the artworks with the flash, all the pictures displayed are from the internet!

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