We both were up early, at 5:30, and as usual we relaxed with several cups of coffee, read the news online, and had our usual scrambled eggs, baguette and fresh fruit breakfast.
David was my hero--he walked to our neighborhood bakery in the POURING down rain to get a fresh baguette!
Luckily, we had an indoor activity planned for today--The Musee de Picasso. I've wanted to visit since my first visit in 2001, but it has been closed for several years for renovation. Finally, it reopened on October 25th of this year.
I bought tickets before leaving home, as I had read stories of 2 hour long waits for tickets. We hate to wait in line!
We left our apartment plenty early, and we got there about 40 minutes ahead of our 12:30 entrance time. We asked if we could enter early, and the answer was "non". Darn! As it was still raining, we didn't want to stand around for 40 minutes, so we walked back to a small cafe that we had noticed about a block away. It was a charming, tiny "salon de tea", each table had a bouquet of fresh roses in a teapot. We ordered a couple of coffees and relaxed until close to our entrance time.
This time we didn't have to wait at all; we were ushered right in, they scanned our tickets and off we went to explore Picasso!
WOW--what a collection this is! The pieces in this museum were mostly donated by the Picasso family, and they range in time from about 1901 until his death in 1973. There is also an exhibit featuring Picasso's personal collection of other artists' work--he had a nice collection of Matisse, Modigliani, Renoir, Chagall, Miro, Degas and others I have forgotten--it was pretty impressive!
We both really enjoyed this museum--I've always been a big fan of Picasso's work, and I think David is now, too!
Here are just a few of the highlights:
Man with a straw hat and ice-cream cone, 1938
Boy with a crayfish, Doesn't he look pleased with himself?
The Little Owl, using tools, metal objects, nails, screws and plaster. 1951
Valiauris, 1951. Note the old shovel head used for the tail feathers, and a wing-nut for a top knot!
This was my favorite--he used two toy cars for the baboon's face, and a pottery urn for the body--genius!
Baboon with youngster, 1951
Close up of the baboon's face:
This piece was HUGE--it covered an entire large wall of a gallery room. It's an odd combination of decoupage technique and painting. He has used pieces of old wallpaper in some areas:
Close up of one of the faces, made with some old wallpaper, embellished with oil paints.
I liked his series of sculptures of women's heads/faces. They were strange and lovely.
Head of a Women, 1931 Bronze This was very large--4-5 feet tall?
Another large "Head of a Women"
Yet another large "Head of a Women" It's amazing how he managed to capture such expression in such an odd way. This piece was the plaster study for the large bronze piece, above.
For all of his strange and wonderful pieces, there are an equal number of beautiful and more classic portraits. This one is "Portrait of Madam Rosenbaum and Her Daughter", 1918
And one of his famous Harlequin series
Paul as a Harlequin, 1924 Paul was one of Picasso's sons
Portrait of Francoise, 1943 (Another of Picasso's many mistresses)
Another "Portrait of Francoise"
This was my favorite sculptural piece. Matt, we were mighty tempted to make a name tag, but we resisted!