The latest exhibition at the Picasso Museum shows a side of his work that has never been looked at specifically before – his works featuring strange figures, paintings that art critic Christian Zervos was calling as early as 1938 ‘magic paintings’.
Between 1926 and 1930, Picasso painted a large number of works featuring strange figures (a variation of which would go on to figure in his masterpiece Guernica).
This news style / series allowed him to try out new ideas, perfect them and earn how to balance previously-unknown forms.
We now know of around 150 of these paintings, spread around the world. The Picasso Museum had brought together a large percentage of them for its event, the first exhibition ever to focus exclusively on the subject.
Around the exhibition there’s a cycle of five conferences, each an hour long (and in French) that are held on Tuesdays, and a catalogue of the exhibition is also available (208 pages, 39€ here at amazon.fr) featuring almost every one of the 152(-ish) magic paintings.
You might also like to know that for the White Night, the exhibition is free from 6-10.30pm, and that there are free performances from choreographer Yaïr Barelli starting at 6/30pm – all the info can be found here.