Sunday, June 20, 2010
The Picasso museum in Barcelona primarily focuses on the artist's early years; training as an artist in Barcelona & establishing himself as an artist in Paris. His later work is represented-there's a series of Cannes pigeons and also his well known version of Velasquez' 'Las Meninas'. The current exhibition examines the relationship between Picasso & Rusinol.
Picasso: The Mediterranean Years 1945-1962 just opened at the Gagosian gallery in London. The show is outstanding covering my favourite period of Picasso's ouvre. During my time on the French Riviera I often went on the Picasso trail-visiting the places where he lived & worked & the musee Picasso in Antibes; his chateau at Vauvenargues. I've been working my way through John Richardson's epic 3 part biography of the artist -illuminating stuff. It's Richardson who has helped curate this latest show with Picasso's grandson Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, a follow up to their well received 'Mousqueteros' show in NYC last year. Richardson has contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue- an essential but hefty publication (with a price tag to match).
The work produced during this period in Picasso's life is full of post war joie de vivre-it's his most playful & intimate work, based on Mediterranean tradition & mythology and his extended family. Amid Amidi recently pointed out on Cartoon Brew that Picasso could be considered a cartoonist & it's this period that reflects that notion best I think. A lot of what we do in animation these days is influenced by mid 20th century graphic animation artists (Kimball, Blair, UPA, Searle et al.) all of whom were in turn looking at the work of the Spanish master.