The Picasso Museum in Paris was closed for several years for a proper refurbishing. We just happened to visit Paris a couple of weeks after the museum had re-opened, and Mrs. MM had the foresight to book tickets on-line. So one crisp and bright Sunday morning, we headed to the 3rd arrondissement (within the Marais) to see what it was like.
The courtyard outside the entrance to the museum was PACKED with people, and we momentarily hesitated at the sight of so many people until ushers showed us almost directly to the door, what with our on-line booking in-hand. Take heed of that tip, if headed to Paris, book your museum tickets in advance, you will have practically no wait time at all.
The building has been completely cleaned up, and the interiors are bright, light, airy and a perfect setting for the wonderful art displayed within.
I think I could totally live in a house like this… :) The detailing on the moldings, cornices, ceilings were just beautiful. The modern lighting fixtures at first seem out of place, but in fact, highlight the beauty of the building without distracting like a ginormous chandelier might do.
I have always liked Picasso’s paintings, though I was perhaps familiar with a more limited and more visible timeframe of his art. This early pointillist like painting was something I wouldn’t have guessed was part of his portfolio… La Retour du baptême d’après Le Nain, 1917.
Other early works range from more traditional outlines of a portrait, to highly linear and modern takes on the same subject matter.
Displayed in the same room are these linear metal sculptures that appear in some of this paintings as well.
This large colorful painting, Le Baiser or The Kiss from 1925 is more representative of the Picasso’s often seen going on the block for tens of millions of dollars, or in Modern art museums around the globe.
My photos here capture but a tiny fraction of the pieces on display at the Picasso museum. It’s amazing how prolific an artist can be, and he has hundreds of pieces scattered elsewhere on the planet as well!
Mrs. MM like this Portrait of Dora Maar.
While I thought there was something bizarre but appealing about this painting.
Nu couché et homme jouant de la guitare or Reclining nude and a man playing a guitar from 1970 makes me wonder if Picasso every really did have friends who lounged about in the nude while presumably clothed guitarists strummed nearby. I can’t imagine just reclining on the solihiya weave on our wooden couch in the living room in the buff… maybe I don’t have enough artistic genes in me… :)
I really liked some of his dark and mostly black pieces. I could see them hanging happily on our living room walls, if only he hadn’t become so sought after. The folks who bought his art to begin with must have been real pioneers and they enjoyed his paintings for many decades until it became clear their descendants would make millions off of a single canvas.
The museum isn’t limited to Picassos alone. There are a couple of rooms of paintings donated by the artist or friends of the artist. This Modigliani is classic…
…this landscape by Gauguin is beautiful.
There were several Renoir’s, but they have never really floated my boat, if you get my drift.
How could I not take a photo of this hunk of meat or Nature Morte or Still Life by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin?
And what about this Henri Matisse, Bouquet de fleurs dans le chocolatière 1902 or a Bouquet of flowers in a chocolate pot? Where’s the batidor?
And finally, I leave you with this Still life with Oranges, 1912, also by Matisse. The verdict on the Picasso Museum? Beautifully done. A must visit. And the neighborhood is one you will want to spend time in as well.