The Barcelona Picasso Museum With Kids
Activity: The Picasso Museum. Metro Stop: Arc de Triomf. Cost: 12€/adult, 7€/18-25, under 18 free. Hours: 9am-8:30pm, free Thursday after 6 and on the first Sunday of each month.
You can keep your Louvres and Prados. This is one of my favorite art museums. I love it because you can really get an idea of how prolific and varied Picasso’s works are and it’s in such a pretty building.
Picasso’s father was an artist, recognized his son’s genius, and kept every piece of art he ever did. Because of this magpie-like tendency of his father, we have a record of Picasso’s artistic growth from when he was a very small boy to when he was an adult. That’s what’s in the first rooms you’ll see. How does that make you feel about all your kids’ art projects you’ve thrown away so far?
As you move on, you go through Picasso’s Blue Period (blue paintings), his Rose Period (red paintings), Pointillism (the paintings made of tiny dots) and finally to his models of Las Meninas. These paintings are a study of Diego Velasquez’s Las Meninas which hangs in The Prado in Madrid. Picasso was terribly bored by the art school he was attending at the time, so he ditched class and spent his time studying the Spanish masters in the Prado. Picasso learned from the masters by copying their works. He then went on to break the rules and create his own style, but only AFTER he had mastered the rules!
After you finish with those, check out the bright paintings just beyond. They all look like variations of the same tropical scene. When Picasso was old, he moved to the sunny south of France. He spent most of every day painting until the day he died. His later works show that he took things less seriously the longer he was alive. He also dabbled in other mediums, such as the ceramics you see around the corner.
Our takeaways from the museum: Picasso continually produced art. He wasn’t a perfectionist, but instead got his work out there and learned from his mistakes. He refused to stick to one style and instead experimented with many throughout his life. He devoted time every day to his craft from when he was a child to when he was an adult. It made me think of how I spend my time every day. I can get so much done in a dedicated hour or day, but sometimes I let that hour go by because I’m overly focused on creating something perfect.