Picasso first arrived in Paris from Barcelona in autumn 1900 and The ville lumière, or “city of light,” captivated, and ultimately transformed, the nineteen-year-old Spaniard.Though Picasso spoke little French, he absorbed everything Paris had to offer over his initial two-month stay and during his return the following May through the end of 1901. He patronized not only the art galleries, but also the bohemian cafés, raucous nightclubs, and sensational dancehalls that permeated his hilltop neighborhood of Montmartre.These sites of social gathering and the various types of people who frequented them quickly became a primary source of inspiration.

This intimate exhibition includes a small group of paintings and drawings that show Picasso’s exercises in character study and demonstrate his evolution during this formative period of his life. All told, his forays into Paris left a strong impression; Picasso would settle there in 1904. An emerging artist in 1900, the artist eventually surpassed his academic training to forge a singular practice reflective of his time.For tickets to this stunning exhibition visit the link below.

Young Picasso in Paris | The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation