Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition

Pierrot and Harlequin (1920; pen and black ink with gouache on cream paper, 10 3/4x8 3⁄8) by Pablo Picasso. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of Mrs. Gilbert W. Chapman, 1981.41.2.a © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

“Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition” is an exhibition running through January 8, 2012 at The Frick Collection, in New York City.

Why see it: Covering a period of 31 years, beginning and ending in a classical mode and encompassing the radical innovations of Cubism and collage, this exhibition will bring to the fore Pablo Picasso’s complex engagement with artists of the near and distant past. The show will demonstrate how drawing served as an essential means of invention and discovery in Picasso’s multifaceted art, while its centrality in his vast oeuvre connects him deeply with the grand tradition of European masters.

What you’ll see: Through a selection of more than 50 works from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, this presentation will examine Picasso’s stylistic experiments and innovations.

Other venues: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., January 29 through May 6, 2012

Visit www.frick.org for more details.



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