Washington, Nov 4 (EFE) .- The Phillips Collection in Washington will host next year an exhibition on Picasso’s “blue period”, which will put the finishing touch on the celebrations for the centenary of this museum, the first of modern art that opened in the United States.
Ninety pieces, including works by Picasso and other Spanish and French artists, will make up this exhibition that will open in the US capital on February 26 and can be visited until June 12.
As the Phillips Collection explains in a statement, “In the heart of Picasso: Painting the blue period” is the first exhibition focused on the early work of the Spanish artist that can be seen in Washington in 25 years.
The exhibition will also allow to know the creative process of the artist, for which it will show documentation and technical investigations that have been carried out, precisely, in the Sherman Fairchild Conservation Study, which belongs to Phillips.
“Our centennial celebrations culminate with this critical examination of Picasso’s work,” said museum director Dorothy Kosinski, for whom the exhibition will show how this museum is a leader in academic research and conservation studies.
Picasso’s “blue period” marks a key moment in the painter’s life, when it is considered that he found his own voice, the one that would define his work in the following decades.
It is the period of the late adolescence and early youth of Picasso, in which the artist worked between Barcelona and Paris and in whose works the influence he receives from both old art masters and some contemporaries can be appreciated.
The Sherman Fairchild Conservation Studio has been working since 1987 on the conservation and research of works by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pierr Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Wassily Kandinsky, as well as Picasso.
With this exhibition, the Phillips Collection will put an end to its centennial celebrations.
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