On June 10th “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” opened at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California. This exhibition was brought to San Francisco from the largest collection of Picasso’s inventoried art normally housed at the Musée National Picasso in Paris, France. Currently under construction, the Musée National Picasso has offered many of Picasso’s well known works for exhibition during this period, and San Francisco’s de Young Museum was specifically selected to present this amazing collection.
This curated selection of work showcases Picasso’s diverse artistic skill containing an assemblage of paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Emphasizing the fact that Picasso was an artist of many mediums, this collection explores the complex relationship between artist and subject matter. Delving into the personal relationship of Picasso and his many muses – mistresses, wives, war and country are all subject matter which dominate Picasso’s focus in this collection. Containing examples from his Blue, Rose, Expressionist, Cubist, Neoclassical and Surrealist periods – the pieces have been curated specifically for the de Young from the Musée National Picasso collection.
John E. Buchanan, Jr., director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco states, “These works present eloquent testimony to his role as a protean figure who not only created and contributed to new art forms and movements, but also forever transformed the very definition of art itself. Following on the heels of our recent exhibitions of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, this exhibition represents a natural progression forward to the masterworks of the 20th century.”
This show is unlike any other show you’re likely to see, offering an opportunity to see works that were under the ownership of Picasso himself. These were some of his personal favorites, and highlight the breadth and depth of the artists mind and various mediums.