Where did Picasso live in Barcelona?

Picasso and Barcelona

Where did Pablo Picasso live in Barcelona?

Where did Pablo Picasso live and work in Barcelona? Originally from Malaga, Picasso lived in Spain in his youth and then lived 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

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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 in Barcelona where Picasso lived, studied and hung out with friends from 1895 to 1904 are known. Picasso's life in Barcelona was very much in the medieval part of Barcelona, called Ciutat Vella and down around the Port Vell marina.

The Picasso family first lived for a few months on street Passeig Isabel II, 4 then moved to the nearby street Carrer de la Reina Cristina 3, where they lived when Picasso studied art at La Llotja School of Fine Arts for two years. Joan Miró later studied there too.


In 1986 the Picasso family moved to Carrer de la Mercè 3 and young Picasso worked in his first studio on Carrer de la Plata 4. Today this is a 5 star boutique hotel called Hotel Serras
In 1897 the Barcelona cafe and restaurant Els Quatre Gats opened on Carrer de Montsió 3. This cafe cbecame a popular hang-out for Picasso and his artist friends.

One of Picasso's first exhibitions was at Els Quatre Gats. Picasso's also designed the menu for the Els Quatre Gats and due to his fame the artwork is still in use at the cafe 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 worked in various studios during his years in Barcelona.

None of the studio locations have Picasso exhibits now, 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 called the Cuitat Vella

Picasso's studios in Barcelona

Map Carrer de la Plata, 3
Map Carrer d’Escudellers Blancs
Map Nou de la Rambla 10
Map Carrer de Comerç 28

He also lived at Riera de Sant Joan 17 - this street no longer exists. It was torn down when Via Laietana was built in 1907. 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 

The world's greatest artist, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, died of a heart attack at the grand age of 91 on 8th April 1973 at his hilltop villa Notre-Dame-de-Vie located in Mougins, France. He was buried on the 10th April 1973 in the gardens of a castle, which he also owned called Château de Vauvenargues, Bouches-du-Rhône which is 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. The Château de Vauvenargues property is still owned by the Picasso family and until 2009 was not open to the public.

In 2009 for the first time 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 walking tour

Two hours in the life of Picasso. Picasso walking tour that explores Picasso’s Barcelona in depth visiting key places where Picasso spent his time when he lived in Barcelona.  An expert guide will accompany you through the bohemian Barcelona of Picasso’s youth and includes guided tour of the Museu Picasso, a key museum if you want to understand and find out about the artist's formative years and development. The Barcelona Picasso museum is located in the Palau Montcada and houses more than 4,000 works which make up the world's most complete collection dating from Picasso's early years.

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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's home in France Château de Vauvenargues

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 December 2017 11:40