The autumn days may be getting shorter, but there’s still plenty of sunshine to be enjoyed in Venice – not least at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, where you’ll find a radiant little exhibition titled “Picasso. On the Beach”.
Centred around Picasso’s “La Baignade” (said to be one of Peggy’s favourite possessions), the exhibition brings together ten drawings, three paintings and a sculpture that were made by the artist between February and December 1937.
Closely related to each other from a stylistic point of view, and displayed together for the very first time, the collection explores Picasso’s artistic musings on the theme of bathers on beaches – a subject to which he returned frequently over the course of his life.
Characterised by exaggerated, sculptural nudes lyrically suspended in tranquil seaside settings, the works in the exhibition demonstrate the influence of previous artists such as Giorgione, Titian and Cezanne, as well as the development of Picasso’s own radical new language of anthropomorphic distortion and stripped-down forms, which he used to push representation to the limits of deformation and abstraction.
Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Picasso’s first visit to Italy in 1917, the exhibition is part of a three-year programme of 60 world-wide events coordinated by the Musée Picasso-Paris, dedicated to celebrating the Spanish master’s art and bond with the culture of the Mediterranean.
Picasso. On the Beach is on view at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection until 7th January 2018.