Picasso & Les Femmes d'Alger

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Pablo Picasso's famous series of »Women of Algiers« in focus

The occupation with the old masters forms an impressive focus in Picasso's late work. At the beginning of this new interest is the series of works "Les Femmes d'Alger", which was shown in Paris, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg in 1955 and is now scattered across several continents. In the volume, she reappears in the context of her models, Delacroix and Matisse.

Pablo Picasso was 73 years old that winter, when he was confronted with Eugène Delacroix's "The Women of Algiers" (1834, 1849) and works by Henri Matisse such as "Odalisque with Red Trousers" (1924/25), the unique ensemble of fifteen oil paintings, a hundred drawings and lithographs in just three months. In addition to the cycle, the lavishly illustrated volume also presents its role models and reception. In addition to an excerpt from Leo Steinberg's famous essay "The Algerian Women and Picasso At Large" from 1972, the book also deals with the reception of the series in Algeria.

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