Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso
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YOUNG PICASSO Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time - and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years - the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods - the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period - the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art - Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.


Benedict Leca Executive Director of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum will do a short introduction before the film

 Benedict Leca, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Redwood Library and Athenæum, Newport, Rhode Island. Before joining the Redwood in 2015 he was Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario. From 2007-2012 he served as Curator of European Painting, Sculpture and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He was the first Andrew Mellon Post- Doctoral Fellow in the French Paintings department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and served on the staff of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Art at Brown University with a specialization in eighteenth-century French painting and printmaking and his M.A. in the History of Art specializing in ancient art at the University of Texas, where he was awarded his B.A. in English Literature.




85 min


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