Thursday, November 17, 2011

Picasso Painted Watercolors

Reinventing Tradition: Picasso at the Frick
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt~

Nudes in a Forest
Paris
, spring 1908
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on wove paper
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Picasso loved to draw. The Frick Collection currently has an amazing exhibition that chronicles the development of Picasso's drawings, from academic life drawings done when he was eight through maturity of his modern style. The Frick has more than fifty works on display in their downstairs galleries and the upstairs annex. Highlights include radical innovations of cubism and collage and watercolors that look forward to his Avignon. The exhibit is filled with never before exhibited works which are framed magnificently. When you think of drawings you think of black and white line drawings but many of the "drawings" on display have gouache and watercolor which make them truly paintings and delight the eyes and senses.

Nudes in a Forest
Paris
, early 1908
Gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper
The Museum of Modern Art
During the week timed tickets are available and are included with the museum admission. On Sunday until 1pm the museum is pay what you wish and there are no timed tickets until 1pm. On our visit we arrived at 12:30 and waited for about 20 minutes. The show was delightful, and worth the wait. If you don't mind waiting in line. After your visit, head over to Madison Avenue and wait in line at LADURÉE for their famous airy macaroons. The little shop has a line out the door since its write up a few weeks ago in the New York Times


Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition
through January 8, 2012 at the Frick Collection, 70th and Fifth Ave, NYC