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Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

June 11, 2011October 10, 2011

The de Young hosts an extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) from the permanent collection of Paris’s world-renowned Musée National Picasso. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, made possible only because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations, comprises paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the artist’s career.

The works on view demonstrate the wide range of artistic styles and forms that the artist mastered, including: Celestina (1904), from the artist’s Blue Period; Two Brothers (1906), from the Rose Period; Expressionist studies for Les demoiselles d’Avignon (1907); the Cubist Man with a Guitar (1911), the Neoclassical Portrait of Olga (1917), the artist’s wife; the proto-Surrealist Two Women Running on a Beach (1922); Portrait of Dora Maar (1937), the artist’s lover and famed French artist; six Surrealist bronze heads of the artist’s mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter; the Head of a Bull (1942) fabricated from a bicycle seat and handlebars; the bronze Goat (1950); the six life-size bronze Bathers (1956); and the late self-portrait The Matador (1970).

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Presenting Sponsor

Bank of the West

Major Patrons

Penny and James George Coulter
Estate of Mary Price Moffatt

Lead Patrons

The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation

Lead Education Patron

Douglas A. Tilden

Lead Sponsors

Muriel T. French Trust
Isabelle and Charles Picasso

Sponsors

Estate of Emmy S. Altman in memory of Ludwig Altman
Dr. N. L. Ascher
The Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation
The Fortna Revocable Trust
Barbara Foster
Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
The Herbst Foundation, Inc.
Nion T. McEvoy
Estate of Henry Perin
Family gift in memory of Georgette N. Rosekrans
Estate of Daryl J. Weinroth

ChristiesHanson Bridgett

Additional support is provided by Terry and Scott Gross and Denise Hopper Fitch, Alexander R. Mehran and Venetta and John Rohal.

Media Sponors

KGO TV

San Francisco Examiner

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