15 May Picasso: From Barcelona to Paris
It has been said that in my beginnings in Paris I copied Toulouse-Lautrec and Steinlen. It’s possible. But nobody has confused the pictures of Toulouse-Lautrec and Steinlen with mine. Pablo Picasso
Without a doubt, the frequent attendance of Picasso in the circle of artists of the 4 Gats was decisive for him in all his facets, both personal and artistic, and that would lead him undoubtedly to the conquest of Paris.
18-year-old Picasso discovers a new vision of life and art, away from the conservative teachings of his father. In those times, in his pictorial language, we appreciate brushstrokes and pencil strokes lose and expressive, a rich color palette, bright colors. We are living the change towards a cheerful, “informal“, fun painting; very much in the style of 4 Gats’s modernist artists. And although informality dominates in these works, we appreciate his magnificent and indisputable talent in drawing and composition, as in the portrait of his sister Lola.
Lola Picasso by Picasso
1900 was an important year for the young Picasso. First, his first exhibition, held at els 4Gats. In the second place, a work titled Last moments was selected to be exhibited in the Spanish pavilion of the Universal Exhibition. Finally, his first trip to Paris with his friend Casagemas, who with little money and wanting to discover and learn, settled in Paris in the studio of Isidre Nonell, 4 Gats friend.
Picasso by Ramon Casas
I invite you to watch this illustrative video of Picasso’s Paris in 1900. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_azt4evK5CI
Thanks to the 4Gats’s gatherings, Picasso already knew the artistic currents that were developed at that time in Paris. Especially admired Toulouse-Lautrec. But in Paris, he discovers fascinated the vision of the works of Paul Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh Steinlen, among others. Picasso soaks up everything and everyone, makes Paris his own, devours it, creating works that in many cases are the fusion of all Parisian masters.
In this context of “fusion“ made his first exhibition in Paris in the well-known and prestigious gallery of Ambroise Vollard in the summer of 1901 (just 7 months after his arrival in Paris).
The works presented in this exhibition are safe, provocative, suggestive and for the first time hi sign as Picasso (previously used several firms Pablo Ruíz, P. Ruiz and Pablo Ruíz Picasso).
The exhibition impacts the Parisian public, however, in the critique of the Revue Blanche wrote by Felicien Fagus notes that the Picasso’s works have the influences of artists such as Pisarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Van Gogh, among others.
This criticism was not well received by the young Picasso who believed in the genius of his works, however, he had not yet found his plastic language, the language that changed the art course.
Visit the Picasso Museum Barcelona to see some of the works of the Vollard exhibition and get involved in his work accompanied by an art historian who will guide you to know the essence of the artist’s work. Top exclusive.