The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently holding a comprehensive exhibition, (in the Dorrance Galleries), of Pablo Picasso and his artistic period between 1905 and 1945, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and printings from the museum’s collection of Picasso, as well as works loaned by private american collections, totalizing two hundred and fourteen objects.
The exhibition, running from February 24 – April 25, 2010, follows the trajectory of Picasso’s career from his early experiments with abstraction to his pioneering role in the development of Cubism, as well as his dialogue with Surrealism and other important art movements in the ensuing decades. The exhibition will also explore the important role that the city of Paris played in the history of modern art during the first half of the twentieth century, when artists from around the world followed Picasso’s example and moved to the French capital. It will include works by expatriate artists like Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Patrick Henry Bruce, and Man Ray, who collectively formed a vibrant, international avant-garde group known, for posterity, as the School of Paris.
One painting highlighted is titled “Three Musicians”, an exploration of Synthetic Cubism in which Picasso seems to cast himself and his poet friends Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob as players in a radical form of Cubist concert.