On the trail of a modern master
Aoife O’Riordain surveys the best places to see the artist’s work, including the reopened Musee Picasso in Paris
AINTER, artist, sculptor, ceramicist, photographer and writer – Pablo Picasso never ceases to fascinate. He is widely regarded as one of art’s modern masters, and from his prolific artistic achievements to his flamboyant romantic life, Picasso never stopped inspiring, intriguing and innovating.
Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso, to give him his full name, was born in Malaga on October 25, 1881. His family moved to Barcelona, where he attended art school and later entered the Madrid Academy. He became known by his mother’s surname, Picasso.
Moving to Paris in 1904 was the beginning of a long love affair with France and although he moved back and forth to Spain, he finally settled in the south of France until his death in 1973.
In late October, the (museepicassoparis.fr) in the heart of the Marais reopened after a five-year renovation, 133 years to the day after Picasso was born. It’s a fitting tribute to Picasso’s far-reaching appeal and influence.
Inside, the museum displays a collection of 5000 artworks and more than 200,000 items from Picasso’s personal archives. It chronicles his key stylistic periods and delves into a diverse collection of sculptures, prints, photography, engravings, sketches, notebooks and writings. As well as several hundred Picasso paintings, there are also 150 works by masters such as Renoir, Matisse and Cezanne.
the site of the museum, is worth a visit in its own right as one of Paris’s finest and most extravagant examples of a 17th-century hotel particulier (grand townhouse). The architectural highpoint is the central staircase based on a plan by Michelangelo for the
in Florence. From now until January 31 next year, the Christian Lacroix-designed (hotelpetitmoulinparis.com) is offering a “Picasso’s Paris” themed stay. It is one of the closest hotels to the Musee Picasso and has devised a selfguided walking tour to discover the artist’s Parisian haunts.
The walk begins in Montmartre and
where, in 1907, Picasso