Tag Archives: France

Opens Today: The Young Picasso, Blue and Rose Periods, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, until 26 May 2019

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PABLO PICASSO, FAMILLE DE SALTIMBANQUES AVEC UN SINGE, 1905
Gouache, watercolour and ink on cardboard, 104 x 75 cm
Göteborg Konstmuseum, Purchase 1922
© Succession Picasso / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich
Photo: © Göteborg Konstmuseum

In 2019, as an exceptional cultural highlight, the Fondation Beyeler is mounting a unique exhibition devoted to Pablo Picasso’s masterpieces of his early Blue and Rose periods. This will be the most comprehensive presentation ever seen in Europe of Picasso’s paintings and sculptures from 1901 to 1906, each one of which is a milestone on the road to recognition as the twentieth century’s paramount artist. Picasso’s pictures from this period are counted among the most beautiful examples of modern art and are certainly some of the most valuable art works anywhere in the world.

At the age of just twenty, the aspiring genius Picasso (1881 – 1973) was already engaged in a restless search for new themes and forms of expression, which he immediately brought to perfection. One artistic revolution followed another, in a rapid succession of changing styles and visual worlds. The forthcoming exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler places the focus on the Blue and Rose periods, and thus on a central phase in Picasso’s work. It also sheds fresh light on the emergence, from 1907 onward, of Cubism, as an epochal new movement that was nevertheless rooted in the art of the preceding period.

In these poignant and magical works, realized in Spain and France, Picasso – the artist of the century – creates images that have a universal evocative power. Matters of existential significance, such as life, love, sexuality, fate, and death, find their embodiment in the delicate beauty of young women and men, but also in depictions of children and old people who carry within them happiness and joy, accompanied by sadness.

The exhibition features around 75 masterpieces on loan from major museums and private collections worldwide. In a multimedia space, fascinating and interactive books and a film allow visitors to immerse themselves in the young artist’s life and work.

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Lecture: Dr Edward Payne, ‘Le noir Valencian’: Ribera, Gautier and the French Taste for Violent Painting, Durham University, 7 February 2019

frenchsemiinar7thfeb1200x4007th February 2019, 16:00 to 17:00, Room 146, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University

Paintings by the Spanish Baroque artist, Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652), prompted a range of contradictory responses in the nineteenth century. Poets, travel writers, critics and artists reacted to his work, especially his striking depictions of violent subjects, at once with admiration and displeasure. In his epic poem Don Juan (1823), Lord Byron declares that ‘Spagnoletto tainted / His brush with all the blood of all the sainted’, and in 1845, Théophile Gautier published two poems on the artist, referring to Ribera as ‘le noir Valencian’, and ‘plus dur que Jupiter’. While Byron and Gautier are often quoted in the literature on the artist, scholars have been swift to dismiss these responses as ‘muddying the waters’ of Ribera’s œuvre, and thus his reception during the nineteenth century has, until recently, received scant scholarly attention.

Through a close, comparative study of Ribera’s paintings and Gautier’s poems, this lecture will explore nineteenth-century attitudes towards extreme imagery in the context of the revival of the Spanish School in France. It will provide a more contextualised and nuanced account of Ribera’s reception during the nineteenth century, and demonstrate that Gautier’s poetic responses are not, in fact, distorting, but revealing. The lecture will argue for the significance of these poems by suggesting that Gautier calls attention to the problematic relationship between the act of inflicting torture and the art of representing pain, a tension which is central to an understanding of Ribera’s violent imagery, and to the myth-making of Ribera as a ‘violent’ artist.

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Closing Soon: Zuloaga en el París de la Belle Époque, 1889-1914

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Ignacio Zuloaga
Portrait of the Countess Mathieu de Noailles
Oil on canvas
152 x 195.5 cm
1913
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

The art of Ignacio Zuloaga (Eibar 1870–1945 Madrid) is often associated with Romantic ideas of Spain’s Black Legend. This exhibition aims to show the painter in a different light, focusing on his connections with the innovations of Belle Époque Paris. The exhibition illuminates the Symbolist milieu in which the Spanish painter moved during his several stays in France. Curated by Leyre Bozal Chamorro and Pablo Jiménez Burillo, it features more than 90 works by such artists as Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Santiago Rusiñol, Émile Bernard and Auguste Rodin.

 

 

Zuloaga en el París de la Belle Époque, 1889-1914, Fundación MAPFRE Recoletos, Madrid, until 7 January 2018

Michel Leiris, Metz

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Exhibition:

Leiris & Co: Picasso, Masson, Miró, Giacometti, Lam, Bacon. . .
Centre Pompidou, Metz, France
3 April – 14 September 2015

A cross-disciplinary exhibition focusing on Michel Leiris, the writer, anthropologist, bull-fighting aficionado, and Africanist curator at the Musée de l’Homme, who formed friendships with artists such as Picasso and Miró amongst others.
The exhibition of nearly 350 items encompasses a wide range of works from Raymond Roussel to Pablo Picasso that stem from Africa, the Caribbean, Spain, Cuba and China, resulting in a web of links between writing, painting, jazz and opera, trance and bullfighting, voodoo and Ethiopian possession rites.
Accompanied by a catalogue jointly published by Pompidou-Metz and Éditions Gallimard.
Symposium, organised in cooperation with Musée du Quai Branly, Paris: Metz and Paris,10-11 September 2015.

De Goya à Delacroix: Musée Rolin, Autun

2014-06-Goya-Delacroix-AutunDe Goya à Delacroix: les relations artistiques de la famille Guillemardet, Musée Rolin, Autun, 21 June – 21 September 2014. Exhibition organized in collaboration with the Louvre about the Burgundian doctor and mayor of Autun (1791) Ferdinand Guillemardet, who became French ambassador to Spain and formed close family relations with Goya, who painted his portrait. A passionate art collector Guillemardet  was one of the first to acquire a series of Goya’s Los Caprichos prints. His son subsequently became friends with Delacroix

Picasso, Quimper

2014-06-Picasso-QuimperPicasso: The Eternal Feminine, Musée des Beaux Arts, Quimper, Brittany, 23 May – 18 August 2014; and touring to the Musée des Beaux Arts, Pau.
Display of some 67 prints and drawings on loan from the Museo Picasso, Malaga focussing on Picasso’s female imagery created between 1927 and 1964. Accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with 70 illustrations.