Guernica Room, Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid

Picasso's footprint in Madrid


If you love the Picasso universe or if you simply want to know more about the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, we suggest you discover the connection points between Madrid and this genius.

What was Picasso's relationship with Madrid?

Although the life of this genius is usually associated with cities such as Malaga and Barcelona, several of his masterpieces can be found in Madrid; and that there is a place in the city that deeply inspired the cubist painter. Which? Well, the Prado Museum. On his first trip to Madrid, he visited it and felt deeply drawn to great masters such as Velázquez and El Greco. When you walk through the impressive rooms of this art gallery, you can imagine how Picasso was inspired by them.In fact, Picasso was to become director of the Prado Museum from 1936 to 1939. Although he never travelled to the capital to formalise his position, he did accept the appointment and supported different activities.

Statue of Velázquez outside the Prado Museum in Madrid

Upon his arrival in Madrid at the end of the 19th century at the age of 16, Picasso began his artistic training within academic realism at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, another interesting cultural space open for visitors.And where can you see Picasso's works in Madrid today? For example, the Thyssen Museum holds pieces like The Harvesters or Harlequin with a Mirror. Although, without a doubt, Picasso's most famous work is exhibited in the Reina Sofía National Art Museum. We are talking about Guernica, an imposing mural painted in 1937 which is 3.50 metres high by 7.80 metres long. It is painted in white, black and gray and represents the pain of the bombing on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Looking at it is an unforgettable and overwhelming experience. The museum also has other works by the artist.

Tourists entering the Reina Sofía National Art Museum in Madrid

A museum dedicated to Picasso

Just over 80 kilometres from the city of Madrid, you find the beautiful town of Buitrago de Lozoya and a museum not so well known by the general public, but a very interesting option to learn more about the artist. The Picasso Museum – Eugenio Arias Collection.  The interesting fact about this place is that the museum is the result of 26-year friendship between Picasso himself and his barber, Eugenio Arias, who were both in exile in France.The gifts from Picasso to Eugenio Arias forms the basis of this museum in the barber's hometown. During your visit, you will be able to see drawings and graphic works, ceramics, posters, dedicated books and unique pieces such as a pyrography box of hairdressing tools.

View of interior of the Picasso Museum – Eugenio Arias Collection

Even though it has been 50 years since Picasso's death, his figure and his work continue to arouse the same interest and cause the same creative impact. Come and experience it in Madrid. 

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