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This Paris exhibition explores a year in the life of Pablo Picasso. See pics

The French capital’s Picasso museum is holding the first exhibition of the eminent artist’s work created specifically in 1932. The show features masterworks such as Le Rêve (The Dream), as well as archive materials.

art and culture Updated: Oct 11, 2017 14:32 IST
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Nu couché (Reclining Nude) by Pablo Picasso, April 4, 1932, Boisgeloup, oil on canvass, Musée National Picasso –Paris.
Nu couché (Reclining Nude) by Pablo Picasso, April 4, 1932, Boisgeloup, oil on canvass, Musée National Picasso –Paris.(RMN-Grand Palais)

“The art we make is a way of holding our newspaper.” The artist’s famous statement is explored by Musée Picasso in Paris, in an exhibition running October 10, 2017, to February 11, 2018. “Picasso 1932, Année érotique” chronicles the work produced in a specific year in the artist’s life, from January 1 to December 31, 1932. This pivotal year saw Pablo Picasso paint a sequence of 25 paintings of unbridled eroticism, featuring hidden but identifiable images, from breasts and phalluses to pubis.

Key works in the series include Le Rêve (the Dream), painted January 24 that year, a portrait of the artist’s mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, who is represented simultaneously face-on and in profile, with the upper part of the face evoking a penis.

1932 was also the year that saw the “museumification” of Picasso’s work, with retrospectives at Galerie Georges Petit in Paris and at Kunsthaus in Zurich, as well as the publication of the first volume of Christian Zervos’ “catalogue raisonné” of Pablo Picasso’s work. In total, more than 110 paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures feature in the show. Works are presented chronologically.

The event is organised in partnership with Tate Modern in London. Check out more works that will be on display:

Femme au fauteuil rouge (Woman in a Red Armchair) by Pablo Picasso, 1932, Boisgeloup, oil on canvass. (RMN-Grand Palais)
La Lecture (the Reading) by Pablo Picasso, January 2, 1932, Boisgeloup, oil on canvass. (RMN-Grand Palais)
Femme au jardin (Woman in the Garden) by Pablo Picasso, 1929, Iron (metal), painted and welded. (RMN-Grand Palais)
CLe Rêve (The Dream) by Pablo Picasso, 1932, oil on canvass (private collection). (Bridgeman Images )