16 November 2008

Picasso et les Maitres

Photo acknowledgement : Galerie du Grand Palais

This is a major retrospective of Picasso’s oeuvre, exploring how the central themes and subjects of 18th, 19th and 20th-century painting have remained constant through the more modern of Picasso’s art, bolstering the artist’s own claim that “in art, there is neither a past, nor a future”. The exhibition is arranged into ten large sections, each devoted to a different theme adopted by the artist. Commencing with a section devoted to self-portraits and portraits of painters, a homage to the grand masters that greatly inspired Picasso, the exhibition starts in earnest from the beginning of Picasso’s career, looking at his years of study and his works in charcoal at the end of the 19th century, principally contrasted against those of the French and Spanish schools including works by Velásquez and Manet.

The exhibition then moves to Picasso’s years in Paris at the turn of the 20th century and to his interest in the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist trends of that era, notably painters such as Renoir and van Gogh. Sections on Cubism, engraving and slide film see Picasso’s work contrasted against that of Cézanne, Rembrandt, Poussin and David, whilst sections on eroticism and nudes present Picasso’s interpretation of famous pieces by Titian, Degas and Goya. The exhibition ends with sections devoted to the seated woman and portraits, highlighting in particular the works inspired by Picasso’s lovers, alongside paintings by Ingres, Manet and van Gogh.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

8 October 2008 - 27 January 2009

Photo Credit :

1. Grand nu au fauteuil rouge
Pablo PicassoParis, 5 mai 1929
Huile sur toile, 195 x 129 cmMusée Picasso, Paris
© Succession Picasso

2. Madame Moitessier

Jean Auguste- Dominique Ingres 1856
Huile sur toile, 120 x 92,1 cm
The National Gallery, Londres