After my last post I have clearly had to leave town, for the sun mainly. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to read a weather forecast that says Barcelona 22 degrees, Paris 6. Day one of my Easter break in the Catalan capital and we head to the Picasso Museum.
First tip - buy a six museum pass for a mere 30 euros and skip all the queues - perfect. No standing around like a sheep.
What you will find is a surprising amount of early work of absolute brilliance: his early portraits of his family and friends are wonderful, and the theatre scenes from turn of the (twentieth) century Paris are lovely.
The painting that spoke most to me this time was Waiting (Margot), probably because she looks as worn out and in need of a holiday as me.
His obsessive work in preparation for Las Meninas is something to see - pity there is no reproduction of the Velasquez to make the comparison, but that's what iphones are for I suppose, as everyone was calling it up on wikipedia.
The current special exhibition is of Picasso's ceramics - an reinvention of the Greek.
Go early to avoid the hoards and try not to spend too much in the gift shop.