Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais

Picasso was the greatest and most inventive artist of the twentieth century, yet he never concealed the influence of the Great Masters on his work. This major exhibition cleverly traces how he was inspired by the Great Masters and paid tribute to their paintings in his own.
Indeed, right from the beginning of his career, Picasso considered himself in competition with the Great Masters in the wider context of the history of art.
Masterpieces by the likes of El Greco, Czanne, Gaugin, Rembrandt, Poussin, Delacroix, Manet, Ingres, Goya and Velasquez are included in the exhibition, showing how Picasso entered into a dialogue with these works, evoking their styles, themes and subjects. For instance, his black paintings (1896-98) take their colors from el Greco, Goya and Velasquez. He produced nude paintings that blended ideas from Titian's, Rembrandt's, Ingres's and Manet's nudes, in order to depict the nude in the best representative sense.
Two other parallel exhibitions in Paris are also associating Picasso's work with that of the Masters: "Picasso/Delacroix Les Femmes d'Alger" at the Louvre ( and "Picasso/Manet: Le djeuner sur l'herbe" at the Muse d'Orsay (

October 8, 2008, through February 2, 2009
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du gnral-Eisenhower
75008 Paris
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