Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel

Picasso’s creative outlets were as diverse as his subjects. Print techniques were of particular interest, from woodcuts and etchings, to lithographs and linoleum cuts - in which he set entirely new standards. The artist developed complex mixed techniques, as well as experimenting with polychrome prints during his career. His first etching, Le Repas Frugal (1904), marked the beginning of an impressive collection of over 2000 printed works.

As a printmaker, Picasso followed in the tradition of Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya. The exhibition of around 90 works from the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett in Basel and others originating from the collection of the Swiss collector and friend of the artist, Georges Bloch (1900-1983), is a representative overview of Picasso’s career, from the Blue Period and Cubism, to the late prints dated around 1970, including significant works such as the color linoleum print L’Homme à la Fraise (1963) and etchings from the famous collection Suite Vollard. Subjects range from the saltim¬banques and the representation of the artist and his model, to portraits, offering a fascinating insight into Picasso’s graphic works.


January 31 through May 24, 2009
St. Alban-Graben, 16
CH-4010 Basel
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