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Picasso and Barcelona

Where did Pablo Picasso live in Barcelona?


Where did Pablo Picasso live? Originally from Malaga, he lived in Spain for his youth and then in France for the remainder of his life. Follow in the Barcelona footsteps of Pablo Ruiz Picasso and find out where Picasso lived in Barcelona.

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was born in Malaga in the south of Spain on 25th October 1881. In 1885 the Ruiz Picasso family moved to Barcelona, where arguably the world’s greatest painter spent his formative years and began his professional career as an artist. Picasso’s time in Barcelona is well documented. Many of the places where Picasso lived, studied and hung out with friends in Barcelona from 1895 to 1904 are known. The Picasso family first lived for a few months on number Passeig Isabel II, 4 then moved to the nearby Carrer de la Reina Cristina 3, where they lived while Picasso studied art at La Llotja School of Fine Arts for two years.  Miro later studied there too.

In 1986 they moved to Carrer de la Mercè 3 and Picasso worked in his first studio on Carrer de la Plata 4 which today is a 5 star boutique hotel Serras. In 1897 the cafe and restaurant Els Quatre Gats on the Carrer de Montsió 3 opened. This became a popular hang-out for Picasso and his artist friends. One of his first exhibitions was at Els Quatre Gats.

Picasso's design for the Els Quatre Gats menu is still used to this day. Pablo Picasso studied at the Barcelona art school, La Llotja (now called the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi)  and used various studios during his years in Barcelona. 
None of the locations have Picasso exhibits today, but it’s fun to walk in his footsteps his early years in Barcelona and get a feel for the kind of life he must have lived.

All the locations of Picasso studios are in the old city of Barcelona, the Cuitat Vella

Map Carrer de la Plata, 3
Map Carrer d’Escudellers Blancs
Riera de Sant Joan 17 - this street no longer exists. It was torn down when Via Laietana was built in 1907
Map Nou de la Rambla 10
Map Carrer de Comerç 28

In April 1904 Picasso moved to Paris. He returned for brief stays on various occasions, but he never lived in Barcelona again. The Barcelona Picasso Museum is very much an expression of his time in Barcelona. It houses the most important collection of his early work in the world.  You can also find ceramic works by Picasso in the Barcelona ceramico museum 

Pablo Ruiz Picasso died on 8th April 1973 in Notre-Dame-de-Vie, in Mougins, France of a heart attack aged 92. 
He was buried on the 10th April 1973 in the gardens of his castle, Château de Vauvenargues Vauvenargues Castle, Bouches-du-Rhône, near Aix-en-Provence in France. 

Picasso's grave is adorned with his sculpture " Woman with the vase " (1933) which was first exhibited during the World exhibition of 1937 in Paris.
Picasso's home and grave are still owned by the Picasso family and until 2009 they were not open to the public. For the first time ever in 2009, the building was partially open to the public for the summer by Catherine Hutin, daughter of Jacqueline Picasso. Contact the tourist office in Aix-en-Provence for more information about visits in the summer.

Picasso Barcelona related links


Picasso museum Barcelona
Restaurant Els Quatre Gats 
Eight Picasso works at the MNAC museum in Montjuic
Picasso room at Palau Foundation, Caldes de Estrach
Picasso ceramic works at Ceramics museum
PIcasso' s home in France Château de Vauvenargues


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