Getting up close and personal with the art world’s biggest names is always a thrill; museums worldwide provide easy access to priceless works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol. But to really understand these masters, it’s best to check out the cities that nurtured and inspired them.
Lifelong devotees make pilgrimages to the following destinations, just to further develop their appreciation of their favorite artists:
Pablo Picasso’s Barcelona
Pablo Picasso moved to this Catalan capital at age 14 in 1895, and studied at La Llotja art school. Housed in a Gothic building in the Plaça Palau, the school was near Picasso’s home in the Porxos d’en Xifré; from his terrace there, he painted surrounding rooftops.
Museu Picasso, housed in five Gothic palazzos, features more than 4,000 items, including rare early pieces and Blue Period masterworks. A short distance from there, the Plaça Nova is the site of Picasso’s only outdoor works in the city. Picasso’s friezes decorate the facade of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes.
Visitors in a hurry can take the year-round Turisme de Barcelona’s Picasso walking tour. Stops include La Llotja, the Col·legi d’Arquitectes, and the Quatre Gats, a beer hall and cabaret where the master held his first solo exhibition.
Round out a Picasso-focused visit with a stay at The Serras Hotel Barcelona, a luxury haunt housed in a historic building where Picasso had his first studio in 1896.