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The Mediterranean Years (1945–1962)

June 4–August 28, 2010
Britannia Street, London

Installation view  Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

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Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

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Works Exhibited

Pablo Picasso, Chouette sur une chaise, January 15, 1947 Oil on canvas, 39 ¼ × 32 inches (100 × 81 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Chouette sur une chaise, January 15, 1947

Oil on canvas, 39 ¼ × 32 inches (100 × 81 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Tête à la coiffe, April 17, 1947 Oil on canvas, 28 ¾ × 23 ½ inches (73 × 60 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Tête à la coiffe, April 17, 1947

Oil on canvas, 28 ¾ × 23 ½ inches (73 × 60 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme dans un fauteuil, March 6, 1949 Oil on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ¼ inches (65 × 54 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme dans un fauteuil, March 6, 1949

Oil on canvas, 25 ½ × 21 ¼ inches (65 × 54 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, La femme enceinte I, 1950 Bronze, 41 × 8 ¾ × 12 ½ inches (104 × 22 × 32 cm), edition of 6© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, La femme enceinte I, 1950

Bronze, 41 × 8 ¾ × 12 ½ inches (104 × 22 × 32 cm), edition of 6
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Paysage à Vallauris, la nuit, September 7, 1952 Oil on canvas, 20 ¼ × 26 ¼ inches (51.2 × 66.6 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Paysage à Vallauris, la nuit, September 7, 1952

Oil on canvas, 20 ¼ × 26 ¼ inches (51.2 × 66.6 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Centaure, 1952 Terracotta, with a green background, 17 × 17 × 1 ½ inches (43 × 43 × 4 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Centaure, 1952

Terracotta, with a green background, 17 × 17 × 1 ½ inches (43 × 43 × 4 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Paloma debout, April 16, 1954 Oil on canvas, 39 ½ × 31 ¾ inches (100 × 81 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Paloma debout, April 16, 1954

Oil on canvas, 39 ½ × 31 ¾ inches (100 × 81 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme et enfants: le dessin, May 15, 1954 Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ × 38 ¼ inches (130 × 97 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme et enfants: le dessin, May 15, 1954

Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ × 38 ¼ inches (130 × 97 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme couchée, January 3, 1954 Pencil on paper, 9 ¼ × 12 ½ inches (23.5 × 31.5 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme couchée, January 3, 1954

Pencil on paper, 9 ¼ × 12 ½ inches (23.5 × 31.5 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Sylvette, 1954 Metal cutout, bent and painted on both sides, 26 ½ × 19 ¾ × 4 ¼ inches (67 × 50 × 11 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Sylvette, 1954

Metal cutout, bent and painted on both sides, 26 ½ × 19 ¾ × 4 ¼ inches (67 × 50 × 11 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Toros en Vallauris, 1954 Linocut: 1 linoblock, pulled in black on poster paper by Arnéra, 29 ¾ × 37 ¾ inches (75.5 × 96 cm), edition of 240© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Toros en Vallauris, 1954

Linocut: 1 linoblock, pulled in black on poster paper by Arnéra, 29 ¾ × 37 ¾ inches (75.5 × 96 cm), edition of 240
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de femme à la robe verte, May 1, 1956 Oil on canvas, 36 × 28 ¾ inches (91.5 × 73 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de femme à la robe verte, May 1, 1956

Oil on canvas, 36 × 28 ¾ inches (91.5 × 73 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Fresque (6 carreaux), July 12, 1956 White terracotta, painted with ceramic pastels under glaze, 17 ¼ × 11 ¾ inches (45 × 30 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Fresque (6 carreaux), July 12, 1956

White terracotta, painted with ceramic pastels under glaze, 17 ¼ × 11 ¾ inches (45 × 30 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Vallauris—1956 Exposition, June 19, 1956 Linocut in 5 colors on 5 linoblocks, pulled on Arches wove paper by Arnéra, 39 ¼ × 26 inches (100 × 66 cm), AP 1/21 + edition of 20 © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Vallauris—1956 Exposition, June 19, 1956

Linocut in 5 colors on 5 linoblocks, pulled on Arches wove paper by Arnéra, 39 ¼ × 26 inches (100 × 66 cm), AP 1/21 + edition of 20
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Peintre dans son atelier, March 20, 1958 India ink on paper, 12 ½ × 9 ¾ inches (32 × 25 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Peintre dans son atelier, March 20, 1958

India ink on paper, 12 ½ × 9 ¾ inches (32 × 25 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise près de la fenêtre, June 11, 1956 Oil on canvas, 63 ¾ × 51 ¼ inches (162 × 130 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise près de la fenêtre, June 11, 1956

Oil on canvas, 63 ¾ × 51 ¼ inches (162 × 130 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de femme assise à la robe verte, February 11, 1961 Oil on canvas, 36 ¼ × 28 ¼ inches (92 × 72 cm)© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de femme assise à la robe verte, February 11, 1961

Oil on canvas, 36 ¼ × 28 ¼ inches (92 × 72 cm)
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

About

Following the success of Picasso: Mosqueteros in the spring of 2009—an exhibition heralded by The New York Times as one of the best shows in New York City since the turn of the century—Picasso biographer John Richardson will again partner with the artist’s grandson Bernard Ruiz-Picasso to curate Picasso: The Mediterranean Years (1945–1962) at Gagosian Britannia Street in London.

In the postwar years, Picasso began to spend more and more time in the South of France, marking a return to the Mediterranean heritage that had nourished some of his most important stylistic changes in the past. A vibrant social scene including bullfighters and poets; an international cast of friends and admirers; the return of Cocteau as his poet laureate; a renewal of family life, with the birth of Claude and Paloma (his children with Françoise Gilot), who joined their siblings Paulo (his son with Olga Khokhlova) and Maya (his daughter with Marie-Thérèse Walter); and the love of Jacqueline Roque and her daughter Cathy infused the work produced there with new life. Besides pitting himself against Delacroix, Manet, and Velázquez and painting some of his most challenging works, in the 1950s Picasso revolutionized sculpture and ceramics and pushed boundaries in lithography, linocuts, and other graphic techniques. At Vallauris, where he transformed a disused perfume factory into a series of studios; at La Californie, his great fin de siècle villa; and at Vauvenargues, his magnificent château on the slopes of the Mont Sainte-Victoire, the work of the most widely known artist in the world was reborn.

Presenting important portraits of Françoise, Claude, Paloma, and his last great muse Jacqueline, as well as linocuts, ceramics, and several iconic sculptures—including La guenon et son petit (1951), Petite fille sautant à la corde (1950), La femme enceinte I (1950), and Sylvette (1954)—Picasso: The Mediterranean Years will be organized around generous loans from members of the artist’s family of works that have come to be known as “Picasso’s Picassos.” Installed in galleries transformed by architect Annabelle Selldorf, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with new essays by John Richardson, Elizabeth Cowling, and Jean Cocteau’s biographer, Claude Arnaud.

With a focus on Picasso’s most intimate works, Picasso: The Mediterranean Years will provide an important contrast to Tate Liverpool’s exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom. Between these two exhibitions, visitors to Great Britain in the summer of 2010 will have an extraordinary opportunity to explore the public and private faces of this peerlessly multidimensional artist in the 1950s.

Diana Widmaier-Picasso standing in front of a bookcase

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Diana Widmaier-Picasso curated a presentation at Gagosian, Paris, to celebrate the publication of Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter at the end of 2019. This comprehensive reference publication explores the figure of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s beloved eldest daughter, throughout Picasso’s work and chronicles the loving relationship between the artist and his daughter. In this video, Widmaier-Picasso details her ongoing interest in the subject and reflects on the process of making the book.

Charlotte Perriand in her studio on place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, 1928. The hands holding a plate halolike behind her head are Le Corbusier’s.

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Picasso in Italy: An Interview with Olivier Berggruen

Picasso in Italy: An Interview with Olivier Berggruen

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