Picasso at the Museum Soulages – 2016

For all of you who were not able to come, I take you with me for a visit to the Museum Soulages de Rodez through the “Picasso” exhibition… Away from me the idea to make a comprehensive presentation of this exhibition, but simply you do share some emotions and a few discoveries of Picasso’s work, we like it or not, but it can never be ignored… And maybe do it through the prism of the woman! Without women would be Picasso’s work?

1907 – Three figures under a tree, 1916 – 1931 – woman throw a 1932 rock – chimney man woman sitting in an armchair 1936-hat of straw to the foliage 1937-Portrait of Dora Maar 1937-Portrait of Marie Thérèse 1939-woman sitting at the 1939-bust woman hat to the hat scratched 1943-great nude lying 1946-Nature died 1946-Nature watermelon dead to the Compote of fruit at four sea urchins and the bottle 1946-Nature died at the Compote of grapes on guitar and plate with two apples 1947-OWL on a Chair 1952-woman at the window 1953 – 1954-Claude shadow drawing Françoise and Paloma 1954-Portrait of the woman with the ponytail 1956-woman in fishnet or the woman with green hair

Many portraits of women related to her life… The women, one of his many inspirations… 8 women have shared more or less long life and his work. Only three are present through this exhibition: Olga Khokhlova, his first wife, Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar.  

Women of Picasso:

Fernande Olivier (1881-1966) – 7 years together (1904-191
2) Marcelle Humbert, more known under the name of Eva Gouel (1885-1
915) Olga Khokhlova (1891-1955) his first wife. 10 years together (1917-1927
) Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909-1977). together for 9 years (1927-19
36) Dora Maar (1907-1997). together for 8 years (1936-1
944) Françoise Gilot (born 1921). together for 8 years (1943-195
1) Genevieve Laporte (born in 1927). 2 years together (1951-1953
) Jacqueline Roque (1926-1986). together for 20 years (1953-1973). second wife


Large nude in the Red Chair – 1929
This is a painting that has a terrifying force. It is Olga Khokhlova, one of its first women. At the time he painted this painting Picasso is about to break up with Olga… We now understand better this despair I feel looking at.


Portrait-of-Marie-Thérèse-1937
1927 Picasso met Marie-Thérèse Walter, she was only 17 years old. It is she who succeeds in Olga. Their affair will not be disclosed until his majority. In 1935, she will give birth to Maya.


Portrait-of-Dora-Maar-1937
Theodora Markovitch said Dora Maar, one of these mistress was the observer authorized by Picasso during the realization of his painting Guernica in 1937. This young photographer took pictures of Picasso at work and of the stages of the realization of the table. He used these pictures in black and white to change his painting.


Woman sitting in the hat – 1939
This is no longer the same Marie-Thérèse… She has to make room for the new muse Picasso… May be an explanation for this sad expression?

Picasso reflections…


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