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Picasso discovers Paris

From September 21th, 2018 to January 20th, 2019

Pablo Picasso. 'Picasso i Manuel Pallarès contemplant la torre Eiffel'. Barcelona o París, 1900. Tinta sèpia a ploma sobre paper. 8,8 x 11,1 cm (irregular). Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Donació Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.996. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fotografia, Gasull Fotografia © Successió Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

The Museu Picasso of Barcelona will exhibit Impressionist and Symbolist pieces from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

These works will enable the public to fully appreciate the impact his first two visits to Paris had on the young Picasso.


In the middle of September, the Museu Picasso will open an exhibition featuring work by Bartholomé, Carrière, Delacroix, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Capiello, Degas, Cézanne, Steinlen and Gauguin, amongst others, all coming from the permanent collection of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée national Picasso Paris.

This intervention in our permanent collection galleries is the result of the exchange of works on loan from the Museu Picasso for the exhibit Picasso bleu et rose, to be held at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, and co-organized with the Musée national Picasso in Paris. This show puts the accent on Picasso’s admiration for various artists in the Paris scene at the very start of the 20th century.

The selection of work has been made on the basis of the review written by Felicien Fagus on the occasion of an exhibition at Galerie Vollard, which was published in Revue Blanche on 15 July 1901, and it also includes the works by Picasso with references to other artists. Picasso had seen these artists’ works in person for the first time in Paris, and they are here related to pieces from the Museu Picasso collection.

  • Stages in Paris

    Picasso visited Paris for the first time in the autumn of 1900. On that trip he discovered the work of many artists at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900, in private galleries, and through attractive posters hung in the streets. Between 1900 and 1904 Picasso alternated between periods in Paris, Madrid and especially Barcelona. At that time, he examined himself especially through the modern art that was being made in the French capital, with special attention to artistic movements like Impressionism, Les Nabis and Symbolism.

    Influences on young Picasso

    The phrase by the critic Felicien Fagus, on the occasion of the exhibition by Picasso and Iturrino at Galerie Vollard in June 1901, ably summarises the direct and indirect influences on the young Picasso: “It is not difficult to determine his many probable influences from amongst those great predecessors, like Delacroix, Manet (who it would seem goes a bit with the Spaniards), Monet, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Forain, Rops perhaps… Each used in passing, left to fly free as soon as it was captured.” Apart from these possible influences, Picasso paid attention to other sources, such as Bartholomé, Puvis de Chavannes and Carrière, as can been seen in the drawings made during his first period in Paris.

    Practical Information

  • Open to the public:
    September 21th, 2018 - January 20th, 2019

  • Curator:
    Malén Gual, curator of the Museu Picasso

  • Organization and production:
    Museu Picasso, Barcelona

  • Space:
    Galleries 8, 9 and 10 of the permanent collection

  • Opening times and admission » (Included in the ticket to the permanent collection)

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