We had no other preoccupation but what we were doing and ... saw nobody but each other. Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Salmon.... Think of it, what an aristocracy!
In May 1904 the twenty-three-year-old Pablo Picasso arrived in Paris from Barcelona for his fourth stay. He moved into a recently vacated studio in Montmartre on 13 rue Ravignan, an odd-shaped ramshackle building dubbed the Bateau Lavoir, or "laundry boat," by Picasso's close friend, the poet Max Jacob. After three discouraging trips to Paris, this time Picasso was determined to stay and make a name for himself in a city that was the center of the art world, and the avant-garde itself. He would accomplish this beyond his dreams.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born 25 October, 1881, at Málaga, a small town in southern Spain that had seen better times. His father, don José Ruiz Blasco, was a painter, teacher of art and curator of the Municipal Museum. His mother, María López Picasso, was a conventional Spanish wife with the customary aura of piety. Picasso's biographer John Richardson