Thursday, June 16, 2016

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

Pablo Picasso Bust of a Woman (Dora Maar), 1938
oil on canvas
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
© Picasso Estate/SODRAC (2016)
Photo: Cathy Carver
Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Examining the significance of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver. Beginning in early 20th-century Paris, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and personalities of Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque, who were all principal figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced the development of his career. Picasso’s innovations in painting, drawing, print and sculpture are conveyed through recurring motifs such as the seated woman and reclining nude. The exhibition presents major works that dramatically altered the course of European art history.

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So I went to this exhibition last weekend, just few days after it was open to public. Although I was at Vancouver Art Gallery for MASH UP exhibition that was ending that day, I couldn't resist spending more time on Picasso's exhibition that was exhibited on the first floor of the gallery. 

The exhibition was quite interesting to see how Picasso was inspired and influenced by six women as he met and spent time with them. Picasso's visual approaches jump at least four different from one to another in drawings, paintings, print media, and sculptures to capture each one of the women's figure and soul. 

I would say my experience at the exhibition was 50 reading history of their relationship with Picasso and 50 gazing at the artwork and I highly recommend this one. Do not miss the chance to meet Picasso's girls while they are here! :)

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses
June 11 to October 2, 2016

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1 comment:

  1. According to Daily Hive, Picasso exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery is Western Canada's largest. Go to for further reading!