The Beginning: Early Works of Pablo Picasso (10 Images)




Picasso has followed his father steps, who worked at the School of Crafts and later was giving lessons to his son and also worked as a curator of a local museum. Picasso was showing potential, therefore, he was signed up in the best Spanish art school – Madrid’s Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. However he was not used to formal atmosphere and soon left the school. Nevertheless, Madrid was full of artists worth an inspiration. El Greco influence can be spotted in early Picasso’s works.
All of the below listed paintings belong to Museu Pablo Picasso in Barcelona.

1. Man in a Beret, 1895


This is one of the first paintings when one can see how artwork of Picasso has evolved, because he starts to use more advanced oil application approaches.

2. Portrait of Aunt Pepa, 1986


This painting reflects Picasso love towards Velázquez artwork and Spanish portrait features overall. An interesting detail worth to mention is that Aunt Pepa was never fond of posing for portraits.

3. Self-portrait, 1896


Another painting of Picasso’s portrait period when majority of portraits with his siblings were made.

4. Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, 1896


As a true artist, Picasso caught a moment when his mother fell asleep.

5. Science and Charity, 1897

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At age of 15 Picasso was capable to paint sophisticated compositions, the painting above is one of the best among his early paintings.

6. The divan, 1899


Picasso was a regular red lights district visitor in Barcelona, and the above is a regular late night reflected.

7. Decadent Poet, 1900


Picasso had a relationship with Jaume Sabartés – a sculptor and a writer, who was reflected on paper many times, which showed Picasso’s affection towards him.

8. Mas del Quiquet (Quiquet’s Farmhouse), 1898


This painting shows an important part of Picasso’s development as an artist, here – in Horta d’Ebre, according to him, he has acquired all the necessary knowledge to express himself on full scale.

9. Fairground Stall, 1900


This artwork found its inspiration in Paris nightlife along with Steinlen and Toulouse-Lautrec influence.

10. The Wait (Margot), 1990


This portrait includes partly divisionist pictorial treatment influence that intends usage of different colors, and bold strokes indicate Van Gogh influence in the figure shaping.