Picasso: The Classical Period
October 1 - December 6, 2003
Picasso's Classical Period had its roots in 1917, with a visit to Rome, where he immersed himself in classical Greek and Roman art. The influence of this immersion began to surface strongly in his work in 1920. Picasso: The Classical Period will examine the Classical works of Picasso's oeuvre from 1920 to 1924.
These were immensely creative years for Picasso; they were emotionally capped by his marriage to Olga Khokhlova, the birth of their son, Paulo, and the subsequent decline of their marriage as Picasso discovered new pleasures of friendship and diversion during summers on the Côte d'Azur.
An exhibition of this level would not be possible without the participation of lenders, both public and private. The towering Three Women at the Spring (coll. The Museum of Modern Art, New York) and Woman in White (coll. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) will be augmented by major examples from the private sphere, among them, L'Entretien (coll. Krugier-Poniatowska, Geneva) and Buste de femme, les bras levés (Private Collection, New York).
Picasso: The Classical Period will also include several important examples of antiquities to highlight the visual connection that stretches back over the centuries, giving the viewer the opportunity to see for themselves how Picasso drew inspiration from these early art forms. The antiquities range from two 5th-4th century B.C. heads, a superb black figure hydria, to a monumental caryatid.