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Pablo Picasso

Mosqueteros

March 26–June 6, 2009
West 21st Street, New York

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Installation view

Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Pablo Picasso, Femme Nue avec Tête d'Homme, 1967 Oil on canvas, 51 × 38 inches (130 × 97 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme Nue avec Tête d'Homme, 1967

Oil on canvas, 51 × 38 inches (130 × 97 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Tête d'homme du 17ème siècle de face, 1967 Oil on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (65 × 54.5 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Tête d'homme du 17ème siècle de face, 1967

Oil on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ½ inches (65 × 54.5 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portrait d'homme du 17ème siècle, 1967 Oil on cardboard, 9 ¾ × 7 inches (24.5 × 18 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portrait d'homme du 17ème siècle, 1967

Oil on cardboard, 9 ¾ × 7 inches (24.5 × 18 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portait de l'homme à l'épée et à la fleur, 1969 Oil on canvas, 57 ½ × 45 ½ inches (146 × 115 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portait de l'homme à l'épée et à la fleur, 1969

Oil on canvas, 57 ½ × 45 ½ inches (146 × 115 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Buste, 1970 Oil on canvas, 39 ½ × 32 inches (100 × 81 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Buste, 1970

Oil on canvas, 39 ½ × 32 inches (100 × 81 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Couple, 1970 Oil on canvas, 76 ¾ × 51 ¼ inches (195 × 130 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Couple, 1970

Oil on canvas, 76 ¾ × 51 ¼ inches (195 × 130 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Personnage, 1971 Oil on canvas, 76 ¾ × 27 ½ inches (195 × 130 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Personnage, 1971

Oil on canvas, 76 ¾ × 27 ½ inches (195 × 130 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Étreinte, 1972 Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ × 76 ¾ inches (130 × 195 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Étreinte, 1972

Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ × 76 ¾ inches (130 × 195 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme, 1972 Oil on canvas, 76 ¾ × 27 ½ inches (195 × 130 cm)© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme, 1972

Oil on canvas, 76 ¾ × 27 ½ inches (195 × 130 cm)
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

About

I enjoy myself to no end inventing these stories. I spend hour after hour while I draw, observing my creatures and thinking about the mad things they’re up to.
—Pablo Picasso, 1968

Picasso: Mosqueteros is the first exhibition in the United States to focus on the late paintings since Picasso: The Last Years: 1963–1973 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1984. Organized around a large group of important, rarely seen works from the collection of Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, as well as works from the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain; and other private collections, Picasso: Mosqueteros aims to expand the ongoing inquiry regarding the context, subjects, and sources of the artist’s late work. Building on new research into his late life through the presentation of selected paintings and prints dating from 1962 to 1972, the exhibition suggests how the portrayal of the aged Picasso, bound to the past in his life and painting, has obscured the highly innovative and contemporary nature of his late work.

The tertulia, an Iberian tradition of gregarious social gatherings with literary or artistic overtones, played a major part in Picasso’s everyday life, even after he moved to the relative seclusion of Notre-Dame-de-Vie, France, in the 1960s. The inner circle of Picasso’s last years differed from its precedents in that, in addition to the writers and artists whom Picasso had always favored, it included a contingent of imaginary personages—musketeers, matadors, cavaliers, prostitutes, circus performers—borrowed from the history of art or developed in conversation with his friends. These characters who fill the late paintings and prints were drawn from a vast array of sources, from the old masters to the media. As a body of work, Picasso’s late period is among the greatest demonstrations of his constant invention of the new, in terms of style, technique, and subject and, indeed, in relation to the history of his own creative output.

One figure who appears both in the imaginary world of the tertulia and, stripped of all pretense, in the pictorial present is Jacqueline Roque: muse, wife, and constant companion of Picasso during his late years. For all his prior attention to the nude, the scale and anatomical frankness of the late pictures, in which a Jacqueline-like odalisque is subjected to every manner of scrutiny, is unprecedented. The increasing sexual explicitness, whether a symptom of sublimated impotence or simply one of modern candor, is just one instance of Picasso’s awareness of the radical changes in contemporary art and culture in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

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