Exhibition

Picasso Prints:
Cubist Picasso (1909-1915)

February 13May 17, 2020

Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) always conceded great importance to his graphic work, producing more than 2,000 prints between 1899 and 1972 which constitute little less than a diary of his life as an artist.

'Nature morte. Bouteille' [Still Life. Bottle], 1912. Fundación Juan March Collection Nature morte. Bouteille [Still Life. Bottle], 1912. Fundación Juan March Collection. © Sucession VEGAP, Madrid, 2020

In 1909, two years after painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon [The Young Ladies of Avignon], Picasso’s printmaking reflected the conceptual and expressive approaches characteristic of Cubism. His prints from this period are based on a grid of fine, deep lines which break with traditional perspective to produce a new kind of space in which objects are deconstructed into multiple planes and viewpoints. On occasions the artist introduced letters into his Cubist compositions, as in Nature morte. Bouteille [Still Life. Bottle] of 1912, while in others he used papier collé or scraps of newspaper, as in L’Homme au chien [Man with a Dog] of 1914, procedures that reflect his interest in connecting art with objects from the real world through the use of collage.

Manolo Millares, cartel de la exposición 'Millares', held at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1971 L’homme à la guitare [Man with a Guitar], 1915. Fundación Juan March Collection.
© Sucession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2020

This exhibition presents a selection of Picasso’s Cubist prints from the Fundación Juan March’s collection of the artist’s graphic work. They will be shown as a rotating display at its two museums.