On the trail of a mod­ern master

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - EUROPE -

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

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