Picasso: Man and Beast. The Vollard Suite of Prints
13 May 2017 - 14 Aug 2017
The Winnipeg Art Gallery
Through his work, Pablo Picasso was instrumental in shaping the art of the twentieth century. Although perhaps best known for his Cubist paintings, Picasso was also a skilled printmaker, exploring myriad ideas and influences in virtually every known technique from intaglio to lithography. The 100 etchings and drypoints in The Vollard Suite are collectively considered one of his printmaking masterworks, and constitute one of the treasures of the national collection. Acquired in 1957 by the National Gallery of Canada, the entire Suite is being presented in Winnipeg for the first time. Exploring the tension between man and beast that often characterized Picasso and his work, The Vollard Suite represents both the civilizing nature of art, and a provocative yet quintessential representation of Picasso’s “beast within.”
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.
Pablo Picasso, Minotaur Kneeling over Sleeping Girl, 18 June 1933, drypoint on Montval laid paper, 33.5 x 44.5 cm (plate: 29.6 x 36.6 cm). National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Picasso Estate / SODRAC (2016). Photo © NGC