Picasso, Malaga’s most illustrious figure

Picasso, Malaga’s most illustrious figure

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To talk about Malaga is to describe an authentic destination, vibrant and very traditional. An exceptional place in Spain which is proud to be the birth place of one of the most world’s most outstanding artists, Pablo Picasso.

If you have chosen the southern part of our country to indulge yourself with a weekend break in a Petit Palace hotel in Malaga and would like to follow in Picasso’s first footsteps throughout the capital, today we are going to detail those places you should not miss and we will review the period in Malaga of an artist who revolutionized the art world.

Although his family roots were Italian (actually from Sori in Genova) Pablo Diego Francisco de Paula Nepomuceno Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruis y Picasso (Pablo Picasso) was born in the bosom of a bourgeois family on 25th October, 1881 in Malaga.

Lover of the city, profoundly proud of having been born in Malaga and passionate about his long walks through the streets of the old town, many people say that this artistic streak that revolutionized the art world some years later, came from the genes of his father, a frustrated artist who eventually became a drawing teacher at the San Telmo Royal Academy of Arts also in Malaga.

Although the artist left Malaga with his family in 1891, the young Pablo Picasso, 10 years old, was already producing his first works of art in Malaga, under the technical supervision of this father.

 

Which well known work of art dates from this tender stage of the artist? The Picador Amarillo, Picasso’s first oil painting, a piece that he would never let go. The anecdote that surrounds this small painting is that it was elaborated (according to history), on the lid of an empty cigar box, a surface which was used frequently by Picasso for his first sketches.

 

Although Corunna and Barcelona were witnesses to his artistic and personal growth, it is true that Picasso always maintained a strong link to his place of birth, Malaga. An example of this is the conservation and promotion of the house where Picasso was born (the Picasso Museum Birthplace Foundation), a place that will help you know and understand more fully the artist’s first years and his relationship with the world of art.

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