Musee Picasso- Paris 3rd & 4th
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,
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".
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"
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 like
"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)
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