Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait, 1901/1902, black chalk and watercolor, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection


From January 29 to May 6, 2012 – National Gallery of Art, Washington

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is generally acknowledged to be the greatest draftsman of the 20th century. Through some 55 works, the exhibition presents the dazzling development of Picasso’s drawings over a 30-year period—from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s including the radical innovations of cubism and collage. Drawing served as an essential means of invention and discovery in Picasso’s multifaceted art, connecting him deeply with the grand tradition of European masters of the near and distant past.

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