Exhibition charts Picasso's 'year of wonders'

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“Picasso 1932: Erotic Year,” chronicles the Spanish artist’s prolific creativity over those 12 months, referred to in the art world as his “year of wonders.”
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French President Emmanuel Macron was accompanied by Picasso’s daughter Maya as he toured the Picasso exhibition.

Some of Pablo Picasso’s greatest works go on display in Paris in an exhibition that charts a pivotal year in which he cemented his status as a titan of 20th-century art. “Picasso 1932: Erotic Year,” chronicles the Spanish artist’s prolific creativity over those 12 months, referred to in the art world as his “year of wonders.”

Picasso produced more than 300 works of art in 1932 and the exhibition at Paris’ Musee Picasso features over 100 of them. They include the masterpiece “The Dream” — a highly eroticised portrait of a sleeping Marie-Therese Walter, who was the artist’s mistress at the time.

Another highlight is “Girl Before a Mirror,” which also depicts Walter.

“We called 1932 an erotic year because Picasso used eroticism as a driving force in his painting,” exhibition curator Virginie Perdrisot said.

“These works, mainly the paintings, are loaded with a strong erotic and sexual power and it is through this erotic power that Picasso produced even stronger and more expressive artworks.”

Picasso is widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and 1932 also saw two major exhibitions of his work, in Paris and Zurich. French President Emmanuel Macron was accompanied by Picasso’s daughter Maya as he toured the exhibition last weekend.


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