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Picasso in Fontainebleau

October 01, 2023 – February 10, 2024

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Picasso in Fontainebleau, a focused exhibition examining three months in a legendary artist’s career, when he created an astonishingly varied body of work between July and September 1921 in the town of Fontainebleau, France. This exhibition will reunite both monumental versions of Picasso’s Three Musicians and Three Women at the Spring with the other major works on canvas, small preparatory paintings, line drawings, etchings, and pastels he created in Fontainebleau. This will be the first time these works have been presented together since they left Picasso’s studio. Encompassing both Cubist and classic academic styles, these works will be complemented by never-before-seen photographs and archival documents.

The Museum of Modern Art de Nueva York anuncia Picasso in Fontainebleau, una exposición enfocada en examinar tres meses en la carrera de un legendario artista, entre julio y septiembre de 1921, en los que creó un cuerpo de trabajo asombrosamente variado en la ciudad de Fontainebleau, Francia. En exhibición del 1 de octubre de 2023 hasta el 10 de febrero de 2024, esta exposición reunirá las dos versiones monumentales de Tres músicos y Tres mujeres en la fuente con otras importantes obras sobre lienzo, pequeñas pinturas preparatorias, dibujos lineales, aguafuertes y pasteles que Picasso creó en Fontainebleau. Esta exposición será la primera ocasión en que estas obras, que abarcan estilos académicos tanto cubistas como clásicos, además de fotografías y documentos de archivo nunca antes vistos, se presenten juntas desde que salieron del taller de Picasso.

The Museum of Modern Art annonce Picasso in Fontainebleau, une exposition ciblée examinant trois mois de la carrière de l’artiste légendaire, une période entre juillet et septembre 1921 pendant laquelle il crée une œuvre étonnamment variée dans la ville de Fontainebleau, France. Présentée du 1er octobre 2023 au 10 février 2024, cette exposition réunira ses quatre peintures monumentales, toutes deux des versions de Trois Musiciens et Trois femmes à la fontaine, ainsi que d’autres œuvres importantes sur toile, de nombreux peintures préparatoires, dessins, eaux-fortes et pastels réalisés à Fontainebleau. Cette exposition sera la première fois que ces œuvres seront présentées ensemble depuis leur création dans l’atelier de Picasso. Comprenant à la fois les styles cubiste et académique, ces œuvres seront complétées par des photographies et des documents d’archives inédits.

Organized by Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, with Alexandra Morrison, Curatorial Assistant, and Francesca Ferrari, former Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellow, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death, MoMA’s exhibition is included in the international Picasso Celebration 1973–2023, with the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation.


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Pablo Picasso. Three Women at the Spring. Fontainebleau, summer 1921. Oil on canvas, 6′ 8 1/4″ x 68 1/2″ (203.9 x 174 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. Emil. © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso. Three Musicians. Fontainebleau, summer 1921. Oil on canvas, 6′ 7″ x 7′ 3 3/4″ (200.7 x 222.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York