Picasso classics coming to Vancouver Art Gallery

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Over 60 classics from Spanish artist Pablo Picasso are coming to Vancouver.

The pieces, which include works such as “Claude et Paloma” and “Femme au chapeau,” will form part of PICASSO: The Artist and his Muses, a new exhibition which will run at the Vancouver Art Gallery from June 11 until October 2.

Undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of the last century, the exhibition gathers together works inspired by the six most influential women in Picasso’s life, giving the audience an original and deeply human perspective on the life of a creative genius.

“This exhibition, in its theme and its scale, has had no precedent in Vancouver and is rarely seen on the world stage,” said Guo Qingliang, chief curator of the Wanda Group of Dalian, China, which contributed two pieces to the exhibition. “We’ve brought these paintings across these oceans not only to support the Vancouver Art Gallery, but also so that people in more parts of the world can get a close-up experience of the work of a master.”

“‘Claude et Paloma’ is a fascinating work. It depicts two children that Picasso had with his mistress Françoise Gilot, but what’s embodied in it is a portrait of a family,” Guo added. “There’s a lot of backstory to this painting, it embodies the love-hate relationship between Picasso and Gilot, fitting with our theme. Our audience can come find out for themselves how these four people’s relationships play out in this multifaceted piece.”

PICASSO: The Artist and his Muses

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery.

When: June 11 – October 2.

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