Picasso’s exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago is a glimpse at the many works of the artist unseen and uncharacteristic to the general ideas of his work. He is so well-known for his cubism paintings and sculptures of the human form, the exhibit is a fresh glimpse into his artistic talents across several styles and mediums.
I have been lucky to have experienced the Picasso Museum in Antibes, France where he lived and worked for many years of his life. It showcases him in his working in his studio, as well as some of his fantastic cubism paintings and sculptures. It is fascinating to see the details in every brush stroke on his large canvas paintings.
The Art Institute offered a different look at Picasso’s work, how his work was present in Chicago culture and his influences throughout his career. I loved the series, Bull (1945), which combined his styles of realism and cubism, detail and pure simplicity. This series emulates the exploration of Picasso’s work over his lifetime. One of his early works and one of the first shown to the American art world in the early 1900s was Peasant Woman with a Shawl (1906). I stood for several minuets staring at this piece. The simplicity of her attire, but the angular detail in her face was captivating. Pieces such as this make me wonder how much of other well-known artists we do not see. What is behind their most celebrated works? What led to them? The inspiration and purity behind the work is most enticing.
Picasso and Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
February 20- May 12 2013