The artist's insatiable creativity in the exhibition “Picasso. Universal Master ”

Paris, toujours Paris. The city was an incubator for feverish revolutions and bohemian excesses in the early 20th century. Surrealists, Dadaists, Cubists stirred up studios and galleries, inflated by influences from literature and poetry. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, André Breton, among many others, represented a whole generation dedicated to the avant-garde.

Integrated in this crowd, which was entertaining to reinvent art, was Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960), French poet, champion of cubism, heir of Apollinaire, practitioner of aphorisms that were in the ear long before the term existed soundbyte. Like this: “Ethics is the aesthetic of the inside.” Defending the “sublime simplicity of reality”, Reverdy produced poetic work that influenced the artistic movements of the time, having sought out Picasso, already a monster among peers, to illustrate Sable Mouvant (Areia Movediça), symbolic poem with no end, from 1959, understood with its poetic testament.

The result was a set of ten red waters created by Picasso (also reproduced in a book) in the so-called Suite Sable Mouvant, inhabited by nudes and portraits with a strong expressive charge. The resulting lithographs are shown in Picasso. Universal Master, an exhibition curated by Helena Alonso, which summons works from private collections (such as the Fran Daurel and Mouvant collections), to manifest “the innumerable connections that the artist establishes between ceramics, drawing and engraving”.

After seven decades of work, there are presented, for example, Suite of Saltimbancos (first graphic series created by Picasso, between 1904 and 1906, and later brought together by Vollard, here represented by works in different sizes), a “vast” set of ceramics, drawings, unique and serial pieces, including the latest ceramic production of Picasso, dated March 1971, two years before the artist's death.

Picasso. Universal Master > Anjos Palace> Al. Hermano Patrone, Algés, Oeiras> T. 21 411 1400> until 30 aug, tue-sun 11 am-5pm (last entry 4:40 pm)> free> Entry limited to 30 people

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