Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Spain
Back to Barcelona, in my mind (and journal), to document last summer's breathtaking vacation. . .
The Museu Picasso, first opened in 1963, houses some 3,800 of Picasso's works from his early or "formative" years. They are his painting "backstory" and are presented in chronological order.
The most memorable part of the collection, to me, was the Las Meninas Group, a series of 44 paintings, created from August to December of 1957, that interpret a single painting from 1656, by Velazquez. I was fascinated by the transition that took place in Picasso's work during this time, as he exhaustively studied art principles through the Las Meninas painting.
The museum is housed in five (now connected) buildings . . . palaces that date from the 13th through the 15th centuries!! Renovations to the buildings have been extensive and have carefully preserved the original architecture. The courtyard, above, was stunningly beautiful. . . hushed . . . mysterious, with honeyed, dappled sunlight. My own photography here was disappointing, but fortunately, flickr friend, Siyad Ma, generously granted me permission to use one of his gorgeous images.