Pablo Picasso was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the twentieth century. Associated most of all with pioneering Cubism, alongside Georges Braque, he also invented collage and made major contributions to Symbolism and Surrealism. He saw himself above all as a painter, yet his sculpture was greatly influential, and he also explored areas as diverse as printmaking and ceramics. Finally, he was a famously charismatic personality; his many relationships with women not only filtered into his art but also may have directed its course, and his behavior has come to embody that of the bohemian modern artist in the popular imagination.
There is said to be 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints or engravings, 34,000 book illustrations and 300 sculptures or ceramics created by Picasso. Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists in the world today and one of the most recognized figures in 20th century art.
In 1950 he was awarded the Stalin Peace Prize, and in 1961 the Lenin Peace Prize.
January 05–December 30, 2016 – All Day
European Masterworks From The Permanent Collection
European Modernism masterpieces are on view in the Museum of Art’s permanent collection galleries. Included are artworks by Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso, Dali, and many others.
In the early 1950s Harris K. Prior, the Museum of Art Director, and Edward Root, Consultant in Art, developed for the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art a small, distinguished collection of paintings and sculptures that were created by pioneers of major 20th-century artistic movements, such as Cubism, Futurism, and Surrealism.
The Museum was founded as a collection of art from the United States, but Prior and Root believed that assembling a group of modern European art would be beneficial to demonstrate the influence of Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and other Europeans on American artists. Edward Root explained to the Board of Trustees, “This ought to give a kind of context to the collection, since it was in Europe that the rather strange developments of this century were initiated.”
Since the Prior and Root era, the Museum collected additional pieces that strengthen European-American connections. Prior, Root and subsequent Museum personnel were extremely judicious in their selections, so that the European Modernism collection represents each artist at the height of his powers.
Image: Pablo Picasso, Spanish (1881-1973)
Pigeon in Nest with Eggs, 1912
Oil on canvas
12 13/16 x 15 7/8 in.
Museum Purchase, 53.210