Musee Picasso- Paris 3rd & 4th


Musee Picasso

Place des Vosges

Village St Paul

Ile St Louis

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Pablo Picasso was a painter, sculptor, and potter. He was born in Spain in 1881. His father was a drawing instructor and taught him to draw at an early age. When he was 14 years old, Picasso was accepted into the Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

Like many artists, Picasso used color in his artwork to show mood. During a hard period of his life, Picasso created many sad paintings. These years, from 1901 to 1904, were known as the "blue period". In 1905, Picasso moved to Paris and was happy; the paintings he made there are part of his "rose period" and show many circus scenes.

In 1913, Picasso began to develop a new kind of painting called cubism. Instead of painting things exactly the way they are, like a mirror, Picasso began to paint things like he could see them from the front, back, and sides all at the same time!

Before his death in 1973, Picasso created theater sets, iron sculptures, and ceramics, as well as many more paintings. Many people think of Picasso as the "Father of Modern Art".


The Museum

The presentation of the collection is chronological, beginning with the "blue" period, the "pink" period and studies for the "Demoiselles d'Avignon". Now come the most representative works of the cubist period. Cubist masterworks as "l'Homme a la guitare", "Nature morte a la chaise cannee" were created.

The displayed works continue in the same chronological order with other remarkable pieces like the plastic "Woman with the baby-carriage" and absolute top works likeinside staircase picasso "L'Homme a la Pipe", "Le peintre et son modele", " Portrait d'Olga". Other works to see on the first floor: "the "Pan Flute" (1923) and the "Kiss" (1925) which violent character reflects a crisis period the artist had at that time. During your itinerary continues you will notice the incredible number of extra-marital adventures this man had and how it affected his paintings. New forms, from the cubist to the neo-classic period, baroque (see the heavy nudes) to surrealism.

Don't forget to visit also Picasso's private collection of other painters: Chardin, Cezanne, Matisse, Derain, Rousseau, and Renoir (those seem to have influenced him most of all)

Current Exhibit:

Matisse-Picasso With over 100 paintings and sculptures this exhibition explores the “fraternité artistique” linking Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.. Sept 22 to Jan 1, daily except Tue, 10am to 7:15pm, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, av Winston-Churchill, 8e, M° Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau, tel: 01 44 13 17 17


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