Pi­casso’s ex­pres­sions

Paris ex­hi­bi­tion charts Pablo Pi­casso’s leg­endary ‘year of won­ders’.

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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: Erotic Year, 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 highly eroti­cised por­trait of a sleep­ing MarieTherese Wal­ter, who was the artist’s mis­tress at the time.

Another high­light is Girl Be­fore A Mir­ror, which also de­picts Wal­ter. “We called 1932 an erotic year be­cause Pi­casso used eroti­cism as a driv­ing force in his paint­ing,” ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor Vir­ginie Per­drisot told Reuters.

“These works, mainly the paint­ings, are loaded with a strong erotic and sex­ual power and it is through this erotic power that Pi­casso pro­duced even stronger and more ex­pres­sive art­works.”

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 last week­end. It will run un­til Feb 11.

The artist and sculp­tor cre­ated 13,500 paint­ings and 300 sculp­tures, among other art­works, dur­ing his life­time, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Pi­casso web­site. He died in 1973 at the age of 92. – Reuters

Maya Pi­casso, the daugh­ter of Span­ish painter Pablo Pi­casso, is seen in front of her fa­ther’s paint­ings.

Pi­casso pro­duced more than 300 works of art in 1932 and the ex­hi­bi­tion at Paris’ Musee Pi­casso fea­tures over 100 of them.

France’s Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron vis­its the Pi­casso 1932: Erotic Year ex­hi­bi­tion at the Pi­casso mu­seum in Paris last Sun­day. — Pho­tos: Reuters

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