Though born in Spain, Pablo Picasso can be claimed as much by France as by any other nation.
The painter, who later came to be known as one of the preeminent artists of the 20th century, spent much of his life in Paris and in the South of France. The company of other Lost Generation artists in Paris in the early 20th century, especially people like Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, inspired Picasso to produce many of his greatest works of art. These are now honored in the Musée du Picasso in Paris’s Marais district, where a new exhibit aptly titled “Chefs D’Œuvre!,” or “Masterpieces!” (punctuation included), will be held through January 13th.
The exhibit focuses on the inspiration behind works like Picasso’s “The Young Ladies of Avignon,” represented by a tapestry by Jacqueline de la Baume Dürrbach, and the war-wrought image of “The Bathers.” Any Cubist art fan should not miss this chance to learn what was going on inside the master’s head when these bizarre and splendid works came into being.