Oh, I almost forgot. If you’re visiting Parc Guell, check out Gaudi’s house
The dragon park of Antoni Gaudi
And after Dali we came upon the Museo Picasso in the La Ribera district. Walking through the narrow mediaeval streets of the old town. Five baroque houses, built on the bones of roman villa’s and linked together into a single exhibition space. My favourite? Well you may have guessed from the above, his series of meditations (58 in all) on Las Meninas by Velasquez.
How often do you get to see the same scene through the very different eyes of two master painters, let alone from two totally different schools? As to why Picasso engaged upon this series so late in his career, no one really knows.
One day, maybe, they’ll exhibit these two differing works together, until then you’ll have to satisfy yourself with musing upon Picasso’s black and white works in the Museo Picasso…
And a building such as this. Monet’s water lilies, a carnival expressed in the masked balconies, the confetti effect, the roof like a Harlequin’s hat, Saint George striking down the dragon, the sword, the skulls. What lies within…
” Those who look for the Laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.” Antonio Gaudi
Undulating waves of curving stone, the twisted ironwork balconies of Josep Maria Jujol lying like tangled masses of kelp caught in rock pools, this is surely Gaudi’s homage to the sea, in his last secular work before embarking on the Sagrada Familia.
Dragons and Hesperide
Matthew Galina Barcelona
We ended our travel day a stones throw from our hotel on a quiet leafy backstreet in Barcelona, sampling the local beer, sangria and tapas under the stars. Funny to think that we’d started our day in Marseille 🙂
And to the south again…