January 27, 2016
By Erin Negley
Explore Picasso’s artwork after Blue Period and before Guernica with an upcoming exhibit at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change opens Feb. 21 and continues through May 9. The exhibition includes 50 works of art made by the Spanish artist around World War I. The works were made from 1912 to 1924 and includes paintings, drawings, watercolors and costumes designed for the avant-garde ballet, Parade plus several pieces by friends.
“A radical shift occurred in Picasso’s work in 1914,” said curator Simonetta Fraquelli in a press release. “Following seven years of refining the visual language of cubism, he began to introduce elements of naturalism to his work.”
Many saw cubism as art connected with the German enemy and then was unpatriotic, which could have been a factor in Pablo Picasso’s shift.
“What becomes evident when looking at Picasso’s work between 1914 and 1924, is that his two artistic styles—cubism and neoclassicism—are not antithetical;” Fraquelli said. “On the contrary, each informs the other, to the degree that the metamorphosis from one style to the other is so natural for the artist that occasionally they occur in the same works of art.”
Lectures, workshops and family programs will be held throughout the exhibit.
Tickets for the exhibit (and the rest of the Barnes) are $29, $27 for seniors and $15 at the new location on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The museum has dozens of Picasso paintings and drawings in its collection.
After the exhibit ends at the Barnes, it will move to Columbus Museum of Art.