See Most of Pablo Picasso’s Blue and Rose Period in One Place

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Arlequn Assisi, 1901, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ankauf Herr und Frau John L. Loeb, Schenkung 1960.—Acrobate et jeune arlequin, 1905, Privatsammlung JPG-Format (3.686 KB) 1785 x 2500 Pixel © Succession Picasso / 2018, ProLitteris, Zürich

If you admire the work of Pablo Picasso, you may want to put Switzerland on your travel itinerary this spring.
In February, the Foundation Beyeler launched one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of the Cubist master’s early work. His “Blue and Rose Period” catalogues the artist’s early works — assembling at the foundation’s museum in Basel.

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If you can’t make it to the Alps before the exhibition closes in late May, you can experience it through The Early Picasso: The Blue and the Rose Period (Hatje Cantz, $85). This tome features 300 pages with 171 color illustrations of the paintings, drawings and sculptures on display.

Red and Blue

The Blue Period covers the years Picasso spent bouncing between Barcelona and Paris with his color hues capturing the suffering of those living on the fringes of society. His Rose Period, which began in 1905, coincides with his finally settling in Paris.

This captures a different feeling altogether: his portraits of circus artists, jugglers, harlequins and other performers impart an artistic dignity to these performers, who were often regarded as outsiders. These works would eventually develop into what we now know as the master’s signature form: Cubism.

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Last modified: March 15, 2019