A very beautiful exhibition than the one offered by the Musée d’Orsay until 6 January 2019. Dedicated to the blue and pink periods of Pablo Picasso, it invites visitors to explore the creative process of this young prodigy between 1900 and 1906. Meeting with a Picasso in the making.
The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée national Picasso-Paris have joined forces to present 300 of the artist’s works, including 80 paintings and 150 drawings, as well as sculptures and engravings. No other exhibition to date had presented to the public such an exhaustive presentation of the painter’s work between 1900 and 1906. Why do we do it today? Because this period was essential in the artist’s career and, captured in its continuity, it offers a renewed reading of his journey.
What do these famous blue and pink periods tell us? It shows us a Picasso who feeds on both the ancient masters and painters of his time, on French artists and on his Spanish elders. A Picasso who gradually finds his own pictorial language.
As early as 1901, the blue period began to blossom. The paintings, quasi-monochrome, evoke dark themes, death, pain, but also life. Recurring themes in the artist’s work.
Then from 1905, little by little, the shades changed, the palette widened, the style itself evolved, prefiguring the cubist revolution to come: it was the pink period.
The Musée d’Orsay tour takes you on a journey of discovery through these two “monochrome” but certainly not monotonous periods! They have given birth to many masterpieces that you can admire here. Perhaps the only opportunity to see them together in the same space.
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