The Artist’s Career

Picasso’s father, José Ruiz Blasco, was a mediocre painter who projected his aspirations onto his son. He wanted to orient the young artist’s career towards academic success, and for his entry to the National Exhibition he steered him towards a subject that combined modern medicine and selfless care, encouraging him to copy a model then very much in vogue.

Pablo Picasso - Science and Charity - Barcelona, 1897 - 197 x 249,5 cm - Oil on canvas - Museu Picasso, Barcelona, MPB 110.046 - Arxiu Museu Picasso, Barcelona