Picasso. Blue and Rose

Pablo PicassoAcrobate à la boule© Image The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow © Succession Picasso 2018
The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée national Picasso-Paris are organising an exceptional event dedicated to Pablo Picasso’s blue and rose periods. This exhibition is the first large-scale collaboration between our two museums, allowing us to bring together a number of previously unseen works. It features masterpieces, some of which, such as La Vie (1903, Cleveland Museum of Art), are being presented for the first time in France, and proposes a new interpretation on the years 1900-1906, a critical period in the artist’s career which to date has not been covered in its entirety by a French museum.

The presentation of this exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay demonstrates the desire to analyse the young Picasso within the framework of his era. His different productions have thus been placed within the context of the work of his contemporaries and predecessors, both Spanish and French (Casas, Nonell, Casagemas, Steinlen, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin), who he was able to directly observe at salons and galleries, and indirectly through reproduction, among other things.

The exhibition will bring together a large number of paintings and drawings with the aim of presenting a comprehensive overview of the artist’s sculptures and engravings between 1900 and 1906.



General curators

Laurent Le Bon, président of the Musée national Picasso-Paris


Claire Bernardi, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Stéphanie Molins, mission manager to the president, Musée national Picasso-Paris
Emilia Philippot, curator, Musée national Picasso-Paris

This exhibition is a joint production by the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

It will also be presented at Fondation Beyeler in Basel from 3 February to 26 May, 2019.

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18 September 2018 - 6 January 2019
Musée d'Orsay
Exposition temporaire

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