Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso

February 13–June 26, 2016
Lee Gallery (Gallery 154)

This dossier exhibition centers on pairing and juxtaposing works by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). A loan of four major works from the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, and loans from private collections will complement the MFA’s holdings of painting and sculpture by the artist, looking at different stages of his career and his exploration of form.

“Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso” offers a unique opportunity to study the artist's range of techniques and styles, with themes including the stylistic transformation of the human figure, variation of a single subject across works, and emulation of revered artistic forebears.

Above, left: Pablo Picasso, The Rescue, 1932. Oil on canvas. On loan from Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Above, right: Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman, Portrait of Marie Thérése Walter, 1934. Oil on canvas. Isabelle and Scott Black Collection. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

In the News

The Boston Globe 02/12/2016: "At MFA, Picasso's explosive energy, concentrated"
The Arts Fuse 02/19/2016: "Picasso at the MFA"
The Nation 02/16/2016: "Visible and Invisible Women: 'Pairing Picasso' at the MFA"


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