Picasso prints in the Fundación Juan March collection

June 6 – January 25, 2017

Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) always accorded great importance to his graphic work. He employed this medium throughout his life, but in the 1930s he executed several series of etchings that were immediately recognized as among the most significant creations in the history of printmaking.

This time, the selection of engravings exhibited allows to recreate the artist's career in the beginning and up to his first attempts into Cubism and recognize the formal and iconographic issues that interested him in those moments.

Pablo Picasso, Le repas frugal [The Frugal Repast], 1904
Pablo Picasso, Le repas frugal [The Frugal Repast], 1904

For instance, in the celebrated etching Le repas frugal [The Frugal Repast] (1904), Picasso represents with surprising realism themes such as poverty, misery and sorrow−distinctive of his earlier Blue Period, while these small circus scenes exhibited, which belong to his Rose Period, reflect Picasso's fascination with acrobats and actors, performers with whom he was acquainted. They are also engravings as the Cubist Period, where Picasso, in his attempt to break with traditional perspective, configured objects by decomposing them in as many planes as possible viewpoints.

In addition to these prints and others contemporary works, in the collection of prints by Pablo Picasso from the Fundación Juan March there is the Suite Vollard (1930-37) and the serie Tauromaquia [Bullfighting] (1957).

Print Gallery

Situated in the center of the museum, a print library with holdings from Pablo Picasso's graphic work offers rotating temporary exhibitions (taking into consideration the requirements for displaying and conserving delicate works on paper). The exhibitions feature prints by Picasso from his Blue and Rose Periods (1901–04 and 1904–06, respectively), Cubist works (from 1907–17), and works from the renowned Vollard Suite (1930–37) and the Tauromaquia series (1957). Noteworthy among them is La Minotauromachie (1935), an etching now part of the Museu's permanent collection and that is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important examples of modern printmaking and Picasso's masterwork in the field.
This space on occasion also serves to present small exhibitions that complement the collection of contemporary Spanish art and material on display in the temporary exhibition rooms.