Picasso’s Favorite Picassos at de Young
The genius of the most influential modernist artist is reevaluated, reaffirmed, and better understood at the hit summer show, Picasso Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris, currently on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
About 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints represent Picasso’s Blue, Rose, Expressionist, Cubist, Neoclassical, and Surrealist periods and illustrate the artist’s ability to reinvent himself with every new artistic influence and every new woman in his life. The artwork on display was carefully selected out of 3,600 works from the artist’s personal collection, which now belongs to the French government and resides in the Musee Picasso.
At the exhibition opening, Anne Baldassari, president of Musee National Picasso in Paris, spoke about the importance of Picasso’s Picassos. The artist’s personal preferences were close to his heart because of their correlation with his many loves. Fernande Olivier, Olga Khoklova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot, and Jacqueline Roque each provided inspiration and found representation in Picasso’s iconic works.
Multiple studies for the revolutionary “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”; Cubist masterpieces including the sculpture “Head of a Woman” and the painting “Man with a Guitar”; surrealistic “Two Women Running on the Beach,” which borders on the Neoclassic; and especially “The Village Dance,” a poignant self-portrait of a notorious macho man turned puppy-eyed toy in the grip of his own passions, line up in the de Young exhibition to offer a glance into the soul of the grand master. Not only Picasso’s love affairs, but his creative friendships, artistic interests, and political views and their expressions are duly represented in this comprehensive retrospective of the seven decades of his life and art.
Picasso Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris at the de Young Museum runs through October 9 at Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. More information at (415) 750-3600 or the de Young Museum website.