Picasso’s passion for El Greco
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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