Pasaje Picasso – The Path

 

Picasso-Guernica-Bull-HeadThe year preceding my first trip to Spain, I studied Spanish in Costa Rica, Mexico (The Yucatan Valley), Guatemala, Ecuador, and Honduras, while gaining a cultural insight by living with native families.  I had already taken Spanish in college, but it was not enough to have the comfort level I wanted.

I found like Picasso, I became enthralled with the culture south of my country, Images-400x500especially with the Maya and Inca civilizations.  After about a year on Spanish study trips to Latin America – Bueno! I was ready for Spain, but the spirit of Latin America never left me.

In May of 2001, I packed my paints, canvas, clothes, and headed on my Pasaje Picasso which would ended up taking me to just about every significant place where After-Picasso-Guitar-Bowtie-FruitbowlPicasso lived and created his art.  Including Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace, and Madrid, where I tried to live like Picasso spending hours studying Velazquez and Goya in the Prado.  log, and the nights would not be complete without hanging out at the Quatre Gats tavern!

Paris brought a new challenge with the language barrier.  Overcoming this After-Picasso-and-Braqueobstacle to the best I could, I studied French for several months in Paris, while making frequent visits to The Louvre, d’Orsay, Le Musée Picasso, and  Le Musée d’Art Moderne.

Fabian: Mi Padre Adoptado

FabianI wanted to walk in Picasso’s footsteps (Pasaje Picasso)  and needed to learn Spanish better first so that I could get off the tourist path. I spent a year before my first trip to Spain studying Spanish in Latin America. One country I studied in was Ecuador where I lived with an Ecuadorian family.  Fabian became my adopted padre.  On a visit a couple years later I gave him this painting.