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From Picassos’ Las Meninas series. The genius from Malaga donated the entire series
to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, in grateful appreciation of the
formative years he spent in the Catalan capital





Dear Mr. Kino Heinze:

Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats), young Picasso’s favorite hangout in Barcelona. He loved the “moderniste” ambience. It was here where his first solo exhibition was held (February 1900).

You can keep Madrid to yourself. I’ll have Barcelona, home if not the birthplace of the giants in contemporary Spanish culture: Joan Miró, Antoni Gaudí, Montserrat Caballé, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Casals, Antoni Tàpies, Ferran Adrià, Carmen Amaya, Joan Manuel Serrat, Bigas Luna and so forth and so on and on and on.

Catalan architecture reflects the dynamic creativity of the great mind rarely found elsewhere in Spain.

And in these modern times, where would Spanish painting be if it were not for the Miros and the Dalis of Catalonia?

Even Picasso spent his formative years where?  In Barcelona!

Our tourism is doing just fine, thank you.

And we’re good people. It just takes a little longer to get to know us. So relax and make yourself at home the next time you drop by.

Yours sincerely,
Guillem Fabregas


Featured image/cea+, CC BY2.0
Els Quatre Gats, ©RalfRoletschek/roletschek.at, GNUFDL