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1 City 5 Ways: Picassophile

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Drinks // Bar Marsella
The oldest absinthe lair in the lower Raval, Marsella has been serving the green fairy since Miró and Picasso were still paying for drinks. Hemingway loved it, too.
Dinner // Els Quatre Gats

Opened in 1897, Els Quatre Gats was where a teenage Picasso hung out around the piano bar and had his first show. Closed for decades, “The Four Cats” reopened in 1989.

Photo by Siqui Sánchez

Afternoon // Avinyó Street

Picasso’s masterpiece “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” was inspired by the prostitutes of Barcelona’s Carrer d’Avinyó. Nowadays, Avinyó is home to such boutiques as Soda and La Manual Alpargatera.

Photo by Siqui Sánchez

Morning // Museu Picasso

Located in a former medieval palace in Barcelona’s La Ribera neighborhood, the Picasso museum is exceptional for its collection of some of Picasso’s earliest work, as well as his most personal.

Photo: © Museu Picasso, Barcelona 2010 Foto: Ronald Stallard

Where to Stay // Hotel Arts Barcelona
Picasso’s roots were humble, but he rose to become the first international modern art star. This art-centric, high-tech Ritz-Carlton property (the city’s tallest building) is fitting for any Pablo aficionado.

Picasso learned how to paint in Barcelona, he learned how to talk to women in Barcelona, he learned how to party in Barcelona, and he was great at all these things.

In this slideshow:
Hotel Arts Barcelona

Museu Picasso

Avinyó Street

Els Quatre Gats

Bar Marsella

Text by Steve Marsh

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Art Online
Barcelona must be a fine place to emulate Picasso. But there has been only one Picasso so far.
4/23/2012 9:23:14 AM

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