Portrait of Lola
La Coruña, November 29, 1894
Oil on canvas
29 x 19 cm
Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Madrid. On temporary loan to the Museo Picasso Málaga
Picasso received a solid academic training under the supervision of his father, a drawing teacher. His early education in Málaga was followed by additional studies in La Coruña, Barcelona and briefly in Madrid. Drawn by its avant-garde atmosphere, Picasso moved to Paris in 1904.
‘An odd thing […] is that I have never done children’s drawings. Never. Even when I was very small.’
[Picasso quoted in Hélène Parmelin, Picasso Says…, London, Allen & Unwin, 1969, p. 73]
What was happening in 1894?
- Picasso is 13 years old and living in La Coruña, where he and his family had moved from Málaga three years earlier.
- In Paris, the Lumière brothers invent the cinematograph.
- Claude Debussy premieres his symphonic poem for orchestra Prelude to the 'Afternoon of a Faun'.
- In the United States, Coca-Cola is sold in a bottle for the first time.