Picassoand Spain

His experiences in Spain marked his life and artistic career.

Malaga General view of Malaga

The birthplace of the universal genius. Although he didn’t return after the Civil War, Malaga was always in his thoughts, and he remembered its bright light and pleasant climate.  Memories of his childhood in Malaga are common themes in his work.

A Coruna View of A Coruna with the Tower of Hercules in the foreground

Picasso lived in the Galician city between the ages of 5 and 9. A key period when he began to attend the School of Fine Arts and create his first works.

Barcelona View from Park Güell in Barcelona

The city that influenced him artistically and architecturally, especially Gaudí's modernism. He also socialised with brilliant contemporary artists who left a mark on his art such as Ramón Casas, Santiago Rusiñol and Carles Casagemas.

Madrid View of the Gran Vía in Madrid

In the capital, the teenage Picasso escaped from the Academy of Fine Arts to seek inspiration from the great masters who live in the Prado Museum, such as El Greco. The museum was always a reference; and he eventually became its honorary director.