Let's Talk about Painting

The period when Van Gogh, Picasso and other artists lived in Paris was one of great creativity and cultural effervescence. We invite two leading authorities on painting and art history to talk to us about some of the masterpieces that were produced in that milieu.

Wednesday, 28 September: Frederic Amat

Picasso, the heart of the matter

In my talk on the works in the exhibition Devorar París. Picasso 1900-07 I want to discuss the gestation and crystallization of a great and daring creative adventure in the early years of the twentieth century, and the impact this has had on our vision of reality and its appearances.

Wednesday, 5 October: Arnau Puig

Picasso's pre-Paris Aesthetic Roots

The constricted academicism of his father, the vital freedom to choose for himself he gained in Horta de Sant Joan, the urge to create something new that he discovered on the streets of Barcelona among the most decisive artists, where through the work of Casas he was effectively exposed - as a first step prior to any radical innovation in the future - to the purely expressive colour of the Nabis: these all meant that when the young Picasso arrived in Paris he was well prepared to embrace the changes of aesthetic perception that the city offered him, and immediately enriched it with his own contributions.

Arnau Puig

Creator and founder of the intellectual and artistic movements championed in the magazines Àlgol, in 1946, and Dau al Set, in 1948. Grant from the French Government to study at the Sorbonne, Paris, 1954-61. Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya School of Architecture in Barcelona. President of the Cercle Maillol at the Institut Français and President of the Associació Catalana de Crítics d'Art. Member of the AICA International Association of Art Critics. He is a former director of the Spanish School of History and Archaeology at the CSIC in Rome.

He has written and published numerous books on philosophy, sociology and art and is an active art critic and analyst and a leading specialist in the innovative and experimental tendencies in twentieth-century art.

He was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi by the Generalitat of Catalonia. Honorary Member of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. Awarded the Gold Medal for Cultural Merit from Barcelona City Council and the Associació Catalana de Crítics d'Art Prize.


  • Time: 7'30 p.m.
  • Location: Museu Picasso. Montcada, 23. Palau Finestres
  • Admission: free
  • Limited number of places
  • For more information: www.museupicasso.bcn.cat / 932.563.000