Sunday, August 27, 2017

Picasso / Lautrec at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
17 October 2017 to 21 January 2018
The exhibition Picasso / Lautrec analyses the relationship between the early work of Pablo Picasso and that of the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

In 1899, the young Picasso first became associated with Els Quatre Gats, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Barcelona who were close to modernism and the decadent movement and were influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec, among others. However, it was between 1900 and 1904, at the time when Picasso was living for periods in Paris prior to permanently moving there, that he made contact with the work of the Post-impressionists such as Lautrec.

Pablo Picasso, The Frugal Meal, 1904.

During those years Picasso’s subject matter focused on the city’s low life and on the atmosphere of the night-time café-concerts. His painting was clearly influenced at this point by Lautrec’s, as this exhibition will reveal.

Curator: Francisco Calvo Serraller and Paloma Alarcó.