Born in Malaga, Pablo Ruiz Picasso came to Barcelona in 1894 at the age of thirteen because his father had been hired as a teacher at Llotja, the city’s School of Fine Arts. Picasso, although a teenager, as a child prodigy, studied in Llotja. In Barcelona he would become a man, mature artistically and leave in 1904 for Paris. Barcelona had a huge effect on the artist. The Catalan capital was in a period of huge economical growth and was embracing progressive ideas about art and society. The main expression of these progressive ideas was the movement of Modernisme. Modernisme, also known as Catalan Modernism, was an art and literature movement associated with the search of a new entitlement of Catalan culture. The always productive artist created thousands of sketches and paintings inspired by the city and under the strong influence of Modernisme.
During a walk in Ciutat Vella (the old city of Barcelona), you come across some of the places and buildings that played an important role in his early life. Our walk starts at Placa de Catalunya and ends at the impressive Museu Picasso.