Picasso

Having thoroughly enjoyed the three museums that we visited on Sunday, today we headed to the Musée National Picasso-Paris for another dose of amazing art.

The Picasso Museum is located at 5 rue de Thorigny in the Marais district, only a short walk from our apartment. The museum opens at 10.00am. We got there about 10.20am and walked straight in (no queues). Admission was €11 each and we were advised that two of the floors were not open today (the temporary ‘Olga’ exhibit had ended its run yesterday, so two floors were being prepared for the next temporary exhibit).

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The museum claims to house the most important public collection of Pablo Picasso’s work in the world. Almost all of the work on display is Picasso’s, although there are a few pieces by other artists from his private collection. The art on display includes Picasso’s paintings, of course, but also some of his work in ceramics, drawings, posters and sculpture. Throughout the museum, there are also information boards that share details of his life and career.

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Picasso was one of the most prolific artists of the century and he is estimated to have produced about 70,000 works in his 91 year lifetime (1881 – 1973). The pieces that are on display are quite varied and represent the different periods of his career.

Picasso is known to have constantly experimented and challenged the established artistic conventions. A series of seven portraits of Dora Marr give a slight insight into that process, as he tweaked each of the paintings to create different effects.

Whilst the drawings, ceramics and sculptures were interesting, I particularly enjoyed the paintings. Whilst the styles and use of colour vary, they are all captivating and deserving of closer inspection, whilst trying to decipher any hidden features or meanings.

I very much enjoyed the visit and wholeheartedly recommend the Picasso Museum to anyone interested in art. We spent about 1 hour and 15 minutes walking through the permanent exhibit. I imagine that the time would easily be doubled when there is a temporary exhibit on the other two floors.

For further information, visit the museum website – http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/

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