1881. Picasso born October 25 in Málaga. His father, José Ruiz Blasco, an art teacher, came from the north of Spain; his mother, Maria Picasso Lopez, was of Andalusian descent.
1891. The family settles in La Coruña. Young Pablo sketches and paints under his father's instruction and guidance.
1895. In July, short trip to Madrid. From July to September in Málaga. The family moves to Barcelona where the father has been appointed drawing master. Pablo is admitted to the advanced classes in drawing and painting from life at the famous school of art, La Llonja, having completed the difficult entrance examination in a day instead of the month generally necessary for its completion.
He paints: Head of an Old Man, Girl with Bare Feet, Man in a Cap.
1896 . First studio in Calle de la Plata, Barcelona. Paints: The Choirboy.
1897. Frequents the café Els Quatre Gats, an artists' haunt like the Chat-Noir in Paris, where artists and habitués exhibit their work. Has his first small exhibition here, which consists mainly of portrait studies of his friends. Rodriguez Codola reviews it in La Vanguardia (first criticism of Picasso).
Summer holidays in Málaga. Second trip to Madrid in October. Passed brilliantly the entrance examination to the Royal Academy of San Fernando. His picture Science and Charity wins honorable mention at the National Art Exhibition at Madrid. Paints: The Invalid and Tavern Interior.
1898. In spring has scarlet fever and ceases to attend the Academy. Returns to Barcelona in June; afterwards prolonged convalescence in Horta de Ebro (sometimes called Horta de San Juan) at the house of his friend Pallarés.
1899. Returns to Barcelona in April. Studio in the Calle de Escudillers Blanchs. Meets Jaime Sabartès who becomes his friend.
Paints: Theater del Paralelo; Artists' Cabaret, Barcelona. First sculpture: Seated Woman (K 1). First etching: The Left-Handed Man (El Zurdo). (G 1) [Fig. 1].
1900. Picasso's drawings and illustrations appear in the weekly Joventut. This journal was strongly influenced by Jugendstil and published translations of works by Ibsen, Maeterlinck, Ruskin, Tolstoi, articles on Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, a special number devoted to the Jugendstil painter Heinrich Vogeler, and reproduced works by Burne - Jones, Beardsley, Boecklin, etc.