July 24, 2015

On Day 9, and my final day in Barcelona, I checked out the Picasso Museum, which features work from his younger days when he painted quite good portraits and scenes while Pablo Picasso was still a teen, thorough his pointillist, blue, rose, cubist and other artistic periods, and some of his 47 cubist "interpretations" of Diego Velázquez's "Las Meninas". Picasso began his career with more traditional styles. He once stated, " 15, I painted like Velazquez, and it took me 80 years to paint like a child." Picasso is wildly exaggerating on the first assertion, and quite accurate in the second.

Then I hit the Barcelona beaches, miles and miles of beautiful sand and beaches. After that, I took a walk through the Plaza d'Espanya and World Fair grounds, before heading back to the hotel to pack and get something to eat.

Above: Four versions of Diego Velázquez's "Las Meninas", as painted by Pablo Picasso, in the Picasso Museum.

Below: Pictures 1 to 4 show the entrance/exit to the Picasso Museum in an unassuming building in Barcelona.
Picture 5 is the flowered detail of the door to the eastern entrance.
Pictures 6 to 8 are cubist paintings, the first two versions of Velázquez's "Las Meninas", and the last, your guess is as good as mine.
Pictures 9 to 11 show the original corridors on the ground level of the Picasso Museum.
Pictures 12 is the quite modest entrance to the Picasso Museum.

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