Self-Portrait with Palette, Pablo Picasso, 1906
THIS POST IS MAINLY AN EXCUSE to decorate my blog with some of the spectacular images that came to me in a press kit from the deservedly well-loved Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you haven’t been to Philly lately, maybe the new exhibition, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris, which opened last week and runs through April 25, will be your excuse to get there this spring — as if the cherry blossoms in Fairmount Park aren’t reason enough.
The City, Fernand Leger, 1919
What could be better than the School of Paris, the revolutionary group that included Picasso and his colleagues (some of whom were also his lifelong friends) Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, and Joan Miro?
Three Musicians, Picasso, 1921
The show shines a light on the interchange between them as a Cubist vocabulary developed in the years shortly after Picasso arrived in Paris from Spain at the age of 23.
Still Life with a Guitar and Compote, Picasso, 1923
There are nearly 200 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and collages, some displayed in a partial re-creation of the pivotal 1912 Salon D’Automne, where paintings were densely hung and interspersed with sculptural works.
Still Life with a Fruit Dish, Georges Braque, 1936
Other sections highlight Americans in Paris, such as Max Weber, Charles Demuth, and Arthur Beecher Carles; Eastern Europeans like Marc Chagall and Alexander Archipenko; and photographic portraits of others in that brilliant between-wars circle, including Josephine Baker, Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.