Picasso - The art of the portrait

25 February - 21 May 2017
In all his different creative phases, Pablo Picasso dealt intensively with portraits, a genre which underwent great changes in the 19th century, mainly due to the invention and the spread of photography. Artists in the "century of abstraction" were no longer interested in a naturalistic rendering; they wanted to develop a subjective artistic expression of those depicted. And in the artistic work of Picasso, portraits play an important role, and not just in terms of the purely artistic aspects. The many portraits of women, lovers, muses and friends as well as of colleagues, collectors and gallerists did not just serve the purpose of experimenting with form but were also autobiographical confessions on the part of the artist in which he captured both the psychological characteristics of those portrayed and his personal relationship with the persons depicted in the pictures.

And finally, in his late works, Picasso enters into a dialogue with the Old Masters. In paraphrases of famous works by the German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Younger, the Spanish mannerist El Greco and the French painters Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and Victor Orel, he examined in depth the development of the portrait in the history of art.

The Pablo Picasso Art Museum, Münster is pleased to present a comprehensive overview of Picasso's modern portrait art, which had such a profound influence on modernism, showing works from its own collections that have not been seen for a long time as well as works that are on display for the first time.

Pablo Picasso, Frau mit geblümter Bluse, 1958, Lithografie
Pablo Picasso, Porträt D.-H. Kahnweiler I, 1957, Lithografie
Pablo Picasso, Figur mit gestreifter Bluse, 1949, Lithografie
(© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017/Succession Picasso, Paris)

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