1897 | He presents Science and Charity at the Fine Arts General Exhibition in Madrid. He begins his studies at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid at his family’s request, but before long leaves the Academy. Frequent visits to the Prado Museum. 1898 | He falls ill with scarlet fever. He returns to Barcelona and moves to Horta d’Ebre (now Horta de Sant Joan, Terra Alta, Tarragona), on the invitation of his friend Manuel Pallarès. ‘Everything I know I learnt it in the town of Pallarès’, Picasso would say years later. 1899 | He returns to Barcelona and frequents the Quatre Gats tavern, a meeting place for avant-garde art. He shares discussions with Carles Casagemas, Jaume Sabartés, the Reventós brothers, the Soto brothers, the Cardona brothers and Joan Vidal Ventosa. Chronology 1881- 1973
1900 | First individual exhibition at the Quatre Gats . In September, he makes his first trip to Paris with Carles Casagemas, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition in Paris where a work by the artist, Last moments, was being shown. He meets Pere Mañach, his first dealer, and has his first contact with the gallery owner Berthe Weill. He returns to Barcelona at the end of December and celebrates New Year in Malaga with Casagemas. 1901 | Move to Madrid. Casagemas commits suicide in Paris. He founds the magazine Arte Joven with Francesc d’Assís Soler which had a print run of 5 editions. He returns to Barcelona and makes a second trip to Paris. From June 25th to July 14th he has his first exhibition in Paris at the Vollard Gallery alongside the Basque painter Francisco Iturrino. He meets the poet Max Jacob. Beginning of the Blue Period. 1902 | Return to Barcelona and third trip to Paris, where he lives and works short of money in Max Jacob’s room. 1903 | Return to Barcelona. He begins his studies for La Vie (Life) , a masterpiece from the Blue Period, presently housed in the Cleveland Museum of Art.
1904 | His fourth and final trip to Paris where he moves to Montmartre in the building known as ‘Bateau-Lavoir’ at 13 Rue de Ravignan. He meets Fernande Olivier who would become his companion until 1912. He also meets the poets Guillaume Apollinaire and André Salmon and frequents the Medrano Circus. Picasso would always keep his ties with Barcelona and return repeatedly. He is known to have stayed in 1906, 1909, 1910, 1913, 1917, 1926, 1933 and 1934.