Young Picasso

3:00 pm Sat, Feb 9, 2019

Venue: The Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267


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Exhibition on Screen presents the film Young Picasso. Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time--and until his death in 1973, he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years: the art, the affairs, and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? It is finally time to look at the early years of Picasso--the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona, and Paris. Young Picasso visits each city and explores their influences on the artist, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods--the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period--the film takes us all the way back to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Painted by Picasso when he was just 25 years old, it shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona, and Paris, this film explains how the artist rose to great heights.

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