Paris ex­hi­bi­tion charts Pi­casso’s ‘year of won­ders’

Tehran Times - - ART & CULTURE -

PARIS (Reuters) — Some of Pablo Pi­casso’s great­est works go on dis­play in Paris this week, in an ex­hi­bi­tion that charts a piv­otal year in which he ce­mented his sta­tus as a ti­tan of 20th-cen­tury art.

“Pi­casso 1932”, chron­i­cles the Span­ish artist’s pro­lific cre­ativ­ity over those 12 months, re­ferred to in the art world as his “year of won­ders”.

Pi­casso pro­duced more than 300 works of art in 1932 and the ex­hi­bi­tion at Paris’ Musee Pi­casso fea­tures over 100 of them. They in­clude the mas­ter­piece “The Dream” - a por­trait of a sleeping Marie-Therese Walter, who was the artist’s mis­tress at the time.

An­other high­light is “Girl Be­fore a Mir­ror”, which also de­picts Walter.

Many of the works on dis­play are on loan from pri­vate col­lec­tions or from mu­se­ums over­seas - “Girl Be­fore a Mir­ror” rarely leaves the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York.

Pi­casso is widely con­sid­ered to be one of the most in­flu­en­tial artists of the 20th cen­tury, and 1932 also saw two ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions of his work, in Paris and Zurich.

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron was ac­com­pa­nied by Pi­casso’s daugh­ter Maya as he toured the ex­hi­bi­tion at the week­end, be­fore it opened to the public on Tues­day. It will run un­til Feb. 11.

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