PICASSO: BLUE AND ROSE
Exhibition Name: "Picasso. Bleu et Rose"
Exhibition time: September 18th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019, 9:30-18:00 every day except for Monday (*Extended hours until 21:45 on Thursday)
Address: Orsay Museum 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur 75007 Paris
Traffic: RER C at Musée d'Orsay station, Metro Line 12 at Solférino station
Fare: 11€ for adults, free for under 18, free on the first Sunday of each month
Picasso: Bleu et Rose, which is jointly organized by Musée d'Orsay and the Musée National Picasso-Paris, opened on September 18th at Musée d'Orsay. This large-scale exhibition features the blue and the rose period of Pablo Picasso, bringing together his masterpieces from 1900 to 1906.
Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 - April 8, 1973) is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and one of the main representatives of modern art. He has created more than 40,000 works in his life, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramic works. Born in a family of artists, and influenced by the father who was an art teacher, he later became a college student. He became famous at a young age, sold paintings at high prices, and witnessed his works being collected into the Louvre while he was alive. Picasso is lucky compared with other miserable painters.
Although a lot of people attend the exhibition, the hall is very quiet. Many elderly people bend over and read the introduction next to the paintings carefully.
WAIT (MARGOT), 1901
In addition to Picasso's famous artistic attainments, he has countless affairs with different kind of females. But when he was young, he has long struggled in the vortex of emotions, fragile and affectionate. In 1900, Picasso and Carlos · Casasmas came to Paris together. They became good friends and soul mates. Also because of this friend, in the next four years, he fell into sadness that he couldn't get over.
1901 - 1904 was Picasso's "Blue Period", Picasso said: "Because of Casasmas, I started using blue." His best friend Casasmas fell in love with a girl, but the girl didn't accept him. Casamas was too sad that he committed suicide. Picasso plunged into work to forget his sadness. This was the beginning of the blue period. The works of this period are mainly composed of icy and melancholy blue, green and gray. The structure is simple. The topics are prostitutes, apes, acrobats and other poor people. The characters in the paintings are thin and lonely, giving people a lingering gloom sense.
THE DEATH OF CASAGEMAS, 1901
Casasmas, who had a bullet on his temple, was lying in the coffin, with a touch of candlelight beside him.
Picasso was poor in these four years of the Blue Period, and traveled between Barcelona and Paris. He got to know the lonely poet and critic Max Jacob and became friends. He lived in his house but they had only one bed and one top hat, so had to share with each other.
When Jacob went out to work during the day, Picasso slept at home. When Jacob came home to rest at night, Picasso burnt the midnight oil to paint. It was really cold and he had to burn the artwork to warm him up. It is this experience that gave Picasso a personal experience and deep understanding of the suffering of the poor and the lower classes.
CHILDREN HOLDING WHITE DOVES, 1901
In 1901, Picasso created this painting in Paris, when he was only 19 years old. The pigeon is always one of the themes of Picasso's paintings. In his childhood in Malaga, Spain, thousands of pigeons on the square became the source of his inspiration for art. In the painting, Picasso painted the sister of Conchita in his memory, full of tenderness and love.
The 1903 painting "La Vie" reached its peak of melancholy and is now housed in the Cleveland Museum of Art in the United States. The miserable and desperate conveyance conveyed by the paintings is very clear. On the right side of the painting is a mother with a baby. She is overwhelmed by the burden of life. She looks at the naked couple in front of her. The man on the left raised his hand slightly, pointing at the woman, revealing doubts. The prototype of the man in the painting is Casasmas.
In 1904, young Picasso married a beautiful girl named "Fernande Olivier", and they fell in love with each other in Montmartre, living together at a place called "Laundry boat" Picasso then began his "Rose Period" (1904-1906). The style of painting in this period is more "poetic" and "harmonious". The facial expressions of the characters are indifferent and melancholy, but the lines are lively. The sad blues faded away, and the soft pink color became the main theme. Most of the themes are circus characters (acrobats, harlequins, female portraits, etc.).
YOUNG GIRL WITH A FLOWER BASKET, 1905
In May this year, this painting was sold at the auction house Christie in New York, USA, at a price of $115 million. The girl in the picture is a street child living in Montmartre. “There is a basket of red poppies in her basket, symbolizing bread and wine, also symbolizing the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. ”
ACROBATS STANDING ON THE BALL, 1905
The thin girl stood on the ball, compared with the burly man. The desolate background reflects the poor training conditions and poor living conditions of the acrobats.
BOY LEADING A HORSE, 1906
This is the last masterpiece of the Rose period. The young boy in the painting is holding a horse to drink water.
THE JESTER, 1905
This bronze sculpture depicts the image of a clown in a mobile circus.
From November 6th, 2018 to January 27th, 2019, the Orsay Museum also has Renoir and his sons' paintings and film exhibitions. If you are interested in it, just go for a visit! Want to visit more museums? Remember to use the " Paris Museum 2 Day Pass 11% off" provided by O'bon Paris
Photographed by Leona
Wrriten by Hanqi Li