South of Paris / Sud de Paris
HAUTS- DE- SEINE : DOMAINE SCEAUX DE Picasso in the State of Nature Picasso devant la nature
The department of the Hauts-de-seine is presenting, in collaboration with the Musée National PicassoParis, an exhibition devoted to how nature is depicted in the work of Pablo Picasso being held at the Musée du Domaine departmental de Sceaux. Through some 80 works emanating from the Picasso museum of Paris including paintings, drawings, engravings and documents, the show proposes to demonstrate that nature is a powerful catalyst in the imagination and creation of Picasso and not just a simple secondary decor. He would say of nature, "It is not from her I work but before her, with her." The show revolves around four major themes and is divided into six sections. The themes include the representation of nature in his works, the use of natural elements in his creations, the illustration of a major scientific work on nature, Buffon’s Natural History, and the study of a particular motif, the woman-flower. The show opens with an explanatory video followed by the first section devoted to landscapes by Picasso painted between the summers of 1907 and 1909, while the second section presents a series of drawings devoted to bathers. An intermediary third section looks at a unique work, L'arbre 4 janvier 1944 (The Tree of 4 January 1944). The fourth section is the Picasso bestiary destined to illustrate The Natural History of Buffon. The fifth section looks at the use of natural elements in his work like a series of compositions in sand, while the sixth and highly colourful section, which winds up the show focuses on a theme dear to Picasso, the woman-flower.