Honestly, I was never a Picasso fan. I saw few of his paintings in MOMA (Museum of Modern Art in NYC) and I wasn't blown away. I was very iffy on visiting the Picasso Museum in Barcelona but it is among the must see attractions, I decided to pay a visit. The museum primarily traces the early years of Picasso and it was very refreshing to see a lot more realism and less of cubism in his paintings and trace his gradual progression to cubism. Here were my 5 favorites at the Picasso museum
1. The gored horse
Because I have never seen any other of his paintings that show an animal with such precision and realism.
2. Science and Charity
Picasso plays a perspective trick here. The bed expands and shrinks as you walk back and forth.
3. Female Nude
Created during the blue period. Since Picasso's best fried committed suicide, all his paintings were dominantly in blue color. In spite of her being nude, you tend to focus on her face. Something very matter of fact about her being nude.
4. The dead women
Another one from the blue period. To me, she looks so calm and composed as if she is in absolute peace.
5. Las Meninas
This is my favorite. Picasso pays a tribute to the famous painter Velazquez. The best way to appreciate this painting is to compare it with the original and admire Picasso's interpretation of the original. I couldn't help laughing at the dog's transformation. I would love to play spot the difference with these two paintings.