Highlights of the Museu Picasso: The artist’s first major works, ‘The First Communion’ (1896) and ‘Science & Charity’ (1897), as well as a portrait of his mother and father
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Pablo Ruiz Picasso was perhaps the most important artistic figure of the 20th century. A Spanish expatriate, notorious womanizer, and co-creator of cubism, there’s no wonder that ‘The Master’ has left an enduring legacy in his wake. We look at eight cities in Europe that house intriguing and influential collections of Picasso’s masterpieces.
Picasso’s birthplace was an apartment block in Málaga, which has since been converted into a foundation in his honor, organizing exhibitions and educational projects in Picasso’s name. The building houses a series of rooms displaying memento’s of his family life, photographs and some of his paintings and drawings. Inside, there’s a recreation of the Ruiz Picasso family’s reception hall, and visitors can see images of family members and learn about the artist’s childhood. A bigger collection of Picasso’s work is in the Museo Picasso Malaga, which opened in 2003 in the Buena Vista Palace. It holds 285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family or held on permanent loan.
Highlights of the Museo Picasso: Early academic studies, examples of his cubist phase, and some of his last paintings from the 1970s
Picasso briefly lived in Vallauris, the seaside village where he learnt the art of decorative ceramics. In 1952 he painted his famous mural on war and peace to decorate the chapel here, which remains open to the public. This is where Picasso developed his fascination with ceramics. However, his approach to the art was unorthodox, fashioning fauna and nymphs in the glaze, melting the clay like one melts bronze, and decorating plates and dished with his favorite subjects.
Highlight of the Musée National Picasso: ‘War and Peace.’ Picasso produced two compositions of monumental proportions on hardboard panels that mirrored the curvature of the vaulting.
Musée National Picasso, Place de la Libération, 06220 Vallauris, France +33 4 93 64 16 05