Picasso & the Birth of Modernism
Thank you for kicking off our Spain adventure in Barcelona. We loved our time with you and appreciated your personalizing the tour to us and sharing your vast wealth of knowledge with us.
Maxine & Samantha Weil
Retrace the footsteps of Picasso's early years
on this original & intimate celebration
of the birth of a genius
By the time Picasso moved to Paris in 1901 at the age of 19, he had already made a name for himself as a budding talent. He spent his formative years in Barcelona, whose established avant-garde circle recognized and encouraged the young painter from Málaga.
What to expect?
Retrace the footsteps of Picasso's early years in Barcelona on an original and thought-provoking itinerary: glimpse the site of his first atelier, where in 1897 he painted "Science and Charity"; visit Els 4 Gats Café, whose doors still remain open and where artists, writers and intellects challenged the status quo and Picasso held his first public exhibition; La Llotja, the art academy where a teenage Picasso excelled beyond his peers; and Avinyón Street, whose name and raucous ambience gave life to his earth shattering 1907 work "Les Demoiselles d'Avinyón", ushering in a new paradigm in 20th century art: Cubism.
Beyond Picasso's most iconic works, we consider the vital role Barcelona had on the artist both personally and professionally, and how his formative years would prove fundamental to his blossoming genius.
An art historian will guide you through the key sites of Picasso's formative years in Barcelona, from a visit to "Els 4 Gats Café" to the artist's former art school and atelier, placing each visit in the context of Barcelona today and 100 years ago.