This new exhibition explores Pablo Picasso’s interest in and experimentation with large-scale printmaking throughout his career, challenging the notion of Picasso as an artist alone with his craft. It addresses his expansive formal vocabulary, the narrative preoccupations that drove his creative process, the often-neglected issue of the collaboration inherent in print production, and the muses that inspired him, including Olga Khokhlova, Dora Maar, and Françoise Gilot. The exhibition begins with Picasso’s seminal Self- seminal Self-Portrait (1901) from his Blue Period as a representation of the artist’s mythic isolation. The painting is followed by thirty-five of the artist’s most important graphic achievements, ranging from the Clark’s rare impression of The Frugal Repast (1904)—Picasso’s first major statement in printmaking—to Ecce Homo (1970), executed three years before his death. Find out more about the ‘Picasso: Encounters’ exhibition from the Clark Art Institute’s website.
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