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  • E Greco - An Old Gentleman - Oil on canvas - 46 x 43 cm - Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid © Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid

    Picasso’s passion for El Greco

    • Date October 22nd, 2015 to January 17th, 2016
    • Thanks to an exchange of works, the Museu Picasso will be showing a masterpiece by El Greco from the collection of the Museo Nacional del Prado, the Portrait of an Old Gentleman, together with over thirty works from our collections which were inspired by El Greco.

      Picasso visited the Prado museum to study El Greco’s works during his stay in Madrid from 1897 to 1898. When he returned to Barcelona he became involved with the circle of collectors, writers and admirers of the artist’s work who met at the Quatre Gats café, including Rusiñol, Utrillo and Zuloaga. During this period, Picasso produced a number of drawings and paintings inspired by El Greco.

      Picasso’s admiration for El Greco lasted all his life and can be seen in works from various periods, including the Blue Period, the start of Cubism and the 1960s.

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Pablo Picasso. Ramon Reventós. Barcelona, 1899-1900. Peinture à l’essence, charcoal and Conté crayon on paper. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Reproduccions fotogràfiques, Gasull Fotografia. MPB 110.872

    Picasso and Reventós

    • Date October 1st, 2015 to January 10th, 2016
    • The “Picasso and Reventós” exhibition celebrates the friendship between Pablo Picasso and this Barcelonian family over almost a century.

      Pablo Picasso was introduced to the brothers Ramon and Jacint Reventós Bordoy in 1899. The artist’s close relationship with both brothers, with periods of greater or lesser contact, continued to the next generation, especially after Jacint Reventós Conti’s visit to the painter in 1950.

      The exhibition presents portraits by Picasso of his friends, their letters, many of them illustrated by Picasso’s wonderful drawings, as well as an exceptional collection of related engravings and the literary works of Ramon Raventós, some of which were illustrated with engravings by Picasso.

  • Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso

    Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso

    • Date March 20th, 2015 to June 28th, 2015
    • This exhibition explores the much-overlooked relationship between two key figures in 20th-century art who have often been seen as mythical, stylistically self-driven figures with diametrically opposing political views.