The painting of Las Meninas, the magnum opus of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez finished in 1656, is very famous in Madrid. This piece is characterized by the fact that it highlights Velázquez´s skill to resolve space problems and to combine in a unique piece his self-portrait with the one of the Philip IV of Spain´s family. Las Meninas of Velázquez are shown off since 1819 in the Prado Museum.

So, what is the connection between Pablo Picasso and Las Meninas? Now let´s see a little bit of history. During the middle of the 50´s, when Picasso started to feel the basis of his own style (he had abandoned his blue period and had already painted his famous piece The young ladies of Avignon, and more) Pablo Picasso decided to do a series of paintings based on the piece of masters. For that purpose, he chose Women of Algiers, Eugene Delacroix´s painting, the Edouard Manet´s Lunch on the Grass painting, Las Meninas of Velázquez and others.

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The Picasso´s Las Meninas painting stands out from his other pieces based on great painters thanks to the comprehensive study he made about Las Meninas. Despite the fact that only one of the pieces named Las Meninas of Picasso is shown off in the Picasso Museum of Barcelona, it is not an isolated piece but the first one of a series of 58 pieces which includes 44 studies showing isolated figures and groups of people so as different interpretations of Velázquez´s work. Picasso spent more than 4 months on this work (from the 17th of August until the 30th of December of 1957). In addition of Las Meninas series (which has been donated in 1968 by the artist himself after his friend Jaume Sabartés died), the Picasso Museum also houses the only preparatory study of the series (given by Catherin Hutin in 2009). This study is a drawing made with a colour pencil on the page of a notebook which anticipate how the final piece would look like.

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Las Meninas de Picasso. Foto de Cea en flickr.

The Picasso Museum of Barcelona is located in the Montcada Street, number 15. The museum is located near to the Jaume I tube station (L4). You can also take the buses number 17, 19, 40 and 45. The Museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 8pm. If you want to visit the Picasso Museum you can already book your tickets online.

If you are interested in discovering more than 38,000 artworks which are part of the permanent collection of the museum and that shows off the link between Picasso and Barcelona (such an intense link that it is the artist himself who decided to create the museum) the best option is to rent an apartment for days in Barcelona

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