Organized in chronological order, this collection tells the story of Picasso's life, from his early academic style in his birth country of Spain, through the early experimental period as he travelled back and forth from Paris to Barcelona and to Italy, traversing the cubism period and into his final, deliberate manner producing variations on work of friends and contemporary artists such as Matisse, Manet, and Velazquez.
|Chat saisissant un oiseau, 1939 (Musee Picasso, Paris)|
One of the things that wasn't discussed much in art appreciation class "way back when" was the evocative, emotive and erotic aspect of Picassos work. He depicted the human body and the full range of human experience through color, entwined limbs, disconnected limbs hanging in limbo, and flattened perspectives. No aspect of the human form nor human experience was left unexplored.
Picasso has been acclaimed as "one of the worlds greatest artists", the "greatest artist of our time", and the "father of contemporary art". I only know that I was deeply moved to see this monumental collection so wonderfully exhibited, and enjoyed by so many people. Almost as much fun as seeing the Picassos close up and personal, was watching the audience enjoying the work. I saw one lovely couple, arms entwined, nuzzling one another while whispering about one particularly erotic piece! I can only imagine what they were thinking...
|Femme au fauteuil rouge (Marie Therese) 1932 (Musee Picasso, Paris)|