News

Young, mature Picasso: in Spain, opened exhibitions of teenage and later works of the artist

Immediately two exhibitions dedicated to Picasso, opened in the Spanish cities of A Coruña and Malaga. One of them represents the artist's youth work, the second tells of a more mature period - from 1906 to 1925.The Museum of Fine Arts of A Coruña invites you to an exhibition of Picasso's early works. Viewers will be able to see the main milestones of the formation of the young artist - from 1891, when his parents brought to La Coruna, until 1895, when the family left the city. The exhibition features over 200 works, most of which belong to Picasso, and the rest to artists who influenced young talent.In the photo: in the opening of the exhibition "Early Picasso. La Coruna - 2015 "was attended by King Felipe VI and Queen Laetitia of Spain

These were important years in the life of Picasso. He met his first love, experienced bitterness from the death of his sister, began academic studies, was influenced by several Galician painters, found support from the first patron Ramon Perez Costales (Ramón Pérez Costales), made the first outstanding work and arranged the first exhibition in his life - exactly 120 years backwards

Young Picasso entered the A Coruña School of Arts and Crafts, where, under the guidance of his father, he began to paint with coal and ink passers-by on the streets, visitors to the Riazor beach and fishermen in the port.He was also fascinated by the scenery in the vicinity of the Caramel Tower (both father and son dubbed the Tower of Hercules, the ancient Roman lighthouse in La Coruna). When the technique of the young genius became more refined, his father suggested that he make several oil paintings.
  • P. Picasso, "Tower of Hercules", 1895
  • Hercules Tower, our days

One of the masterpieces of that period is the “Barefoot Girl” (1895), a vivid and fascinating portrait, which seemed to foresee some of the most famous works of the “blue” and “pink” periods. It is curious that this picture appears in one of the episodes of the animated series "The Simpsons", when Marge tries to give instructions to Homer during a trip to the museum.

The Man with the Blanket (1895, Picasso Museum in Malaga) is a small piece that depicts the artist's father in a depressed state. This depression José Ruiz Blasco (José Ruiz Blasco) can be understood if we consider that the family moved from the sunny Andalusian climate of Malaga in the wet and foggy Galicia.Another key work of this period is “Portrait Portrait - a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people who exists in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further Dr. Pérez Costales (1895, Picasso Museum in Malaga) - a doctor and former minister, a personal friend of Picasso's father. The young artist depicted the doctor in a peaceful posture, like a respectable sage. The work has practically become a prologue to later portraits, such as “Angel Fernandez de Soto” or even self-portrait. Self-portraits were written not only by portrait painters. Knowledge of the world through the study of his own image is widespread among the masters of the brush of all time. Read more Portrait is a realistic genre depicting an existing person or group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more artist.
  • P. Picasso. "Don Jose Ruiz in profile", 1895
  • P. Picasso, "The Man in the Hat", 1895
Visitors can see drawings and paintings by Picasso, rented from museums in Barcelona and Paris, as well as from the heirs of the artist. These works show that many of his regular themes (pigeons, bulls, and so on) were already present at that time.
  • P. Picasso, student drawing
  • P. Picasso, student drawing
The exhibition will run until May 24.Shortly before this, an exhibition opened in the hometown of Picasso - Malaga. The exhibition is called "Movement and sequence: Collection" and is devoted to the period of the emergence of cubism.

Then, in the early twentieth century, Picasso lived in Paris already. The city has established itself as a center of modern art, and new cars - cars, airplanes, movie cameras - invented a century earlier, became much more accessible and began to influence the lifestyle of the modern metropolis. Cinema made it possible to record and play back moving images. Avant-garde currents as quickly arise and soon disappear.
P. Picasso, "Self-portrait with a palette." 1906

Feeling well the revolutionary spirit of this time of change, Pablo Picasso created extremely strange effects in his paintings. In violation of all the norms, he could assemble inharmonious elements on one canvas in such a way that the resulting work destabilized the notion of “static”.Still life with a guitar by Pablo Picasso1921, 83 × 102.5 cm Since 1906, Picasso systematically revised such traditional genres of European painting as nude or still life. He wrote more and more fragmented compositions, collecting different points of view on a single faceted plane, heralding the birth of cubism. The artist challenged the viewer, presenting the picture as a construction of sequences of elementary geometric shapes.

Cubist works have changed the foundations of painting in relation to space, beauty and time, suggesting new possibilities. Artists no longer had to represent the world - they could invent it.
P. Picasso, “Pipe, Glass, Newspaper, Guitar and Bottle (LACERBA)”. 1914

“Movements and Sequences” is a collection of drawings and engravings created by Pablo Picasso between 1906 and 1925. 30 works from the collection of the Picasso Museum in Malaga (Museo Picasso Malaga, MPM) are combined with sculptures from the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA) and oil paintings from the Picasso Museum Barcelona.Here are exhibited the works of other artists - contemporaries of Picasso. These are Maria Blanchard, Georges Braque, Andre Derain, Ismael Gonzalez de la Serna, Joan Miro, photographer Paul Strand, artist and director Hans Richter, and others.
  • J. Marriage, "Nude"
  • A. Derain, "Still Life"
The exposition is divided into five zones that complement each other. The goal is to link this collection of works by Picasso with questions that were relevant for that time. Thus, the format of this exhibition gives the viewer the opportunity to conduct an almost anthropological study.The exhibition in Malaga will last until May 17.