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At the Gallery: La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso

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At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Portrait of Pablo Picasso with Bettina Graziani by Mark Shaw, Villa La Californie, Cannes, 1955 | via The Red List

Passing several book shops this past few days I realized there were some covers on display that were familiar to me: Picasso’s Kitchen, Picasso Picabia, Picasso-Matisse, Les années Vallauris to name a few.

This year seems to be one of the most popular for the artist. The South of France has been celebrating Pablo Picasso with exhibitions in every city and other Mediterranean cities as well.

At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Pablo Picasso photographed in his studio near Cannes, France in 1956. The Thonet rocking chair in the distance appears in many of his paintings | via The New York Times
At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
South of France by @cookiesandcandies

Picasso moved in the South of France towards the latter part of his life, to Provence where he spent most of the happiest and some of his most productive years. In Antibes, his first stop, he produced some of his most joyful works, including 'La Joie de Vivre'.

“It was at Vallauris that Picasso discovered ceramics. Here, he produced over 4000 works at the Fournas workshop. He also gifted the sculpture 'L’Homme au mouton' to the town, which can be discovered in the Place du Village and chose the Roman chapel of Vallauris to put up the important fresco 'La Guerre et La Paix'." (Source)

At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
The painter’s ‘‘Joy of Life or, Antipolis” (1946) was inspired by vacations that he took in Antibes --The New York Times



In 1959 he moved to Vauvenargues near Aix en Provence with Jacqueline Roque, at the foot of the famous Mount Saint- Victoire.

“During the years he spent in the Mediterranean, he was surrounded by the things he loved — the water, the sun, Jacqueline Roque — igniting the last great outpouring of his genius.” (Source)

At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Picasso and Jacqueline sharing lunch at home in 1957 with Lump the dachshund. ‘‘Lump, he’s not a dog, he’s not a little man, he’s somebody else,’’ Picasso said | via The New York Times

If you happen to be in the South of France or Barcelona, here are some exhibition ideas where you could go:

In Aix-en-Provence there is exhibited Picasso-Picabia collection. There was a very special relationship between the two artists, and this mise-en-place offers an insight into an artistic tandem unprecedented in the history of 20th century painting, featuring both masterpieces and sometimes lesser-known works by these two artists of Spanish heritage.

Musée Granet
Place Saint-Jean de Malthe
13100
Aix-en-Provence

Musee Matisse at Nice shows “Matisse and Picasso: The Comedy of the model” through a display of over 130 artworks of the Modern Masters. The exhibition is on view through September 29, 2018. (More Info)

Musée Matisse
164, avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
06000 Nice

At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Picasso and Jacqueline share a laugh outside their home in 1960 | Photo via The New York Times



At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Aix-en-Provence | Photo by @dana_chels
At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
South of France by @cookiesandcandies

Antibes

“In the summer of 1946, Picasso and his lover Françoise Gilot left Paris and headed for the south of France to stay with an engraver friend, Louis Fort. The photographer Michel Sima told him about the space at Château Grimaldi, a Roman fort that was rebuilt in the 14th century and bought by the French crown. When he moved in, Picasso told the curator that he would decorate the walls of the castle as a thank you. But they were in a rough state of repair, and in the end Picasso was unable to fulfil his promise, with the exception of one graphite drawing, Les Clés d'Antibes. Instead, he donated the work he'd done there to the museum, stipulating that they should remain there permanently. 'Anyone who wants to see them will have to come to Antibes,' he declared." (Source)

Place Mariejol
06600, Antibes

At the Gallery: La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Photo by David Douglas Duncan
At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Françoise Gillot and Pablo Picasso by Robert Doisneau, Vallauris, 1952 (Before Jacqueline -- the two were together from 1943-1953)



Barcelona’s Picasso Museum welcomes “Picasso’s kitchen” the first exhibition in the world dedicated to the work of the artist linked to the world of gastronomy.

Picasso’s Kitchen runs until September 30 at the Picasso Museum, Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

At the Gallery: La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Museu Picasso, Barcelona | Photo by Gasull Fotografia | via Vogue Paris
At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso

In September, the Musée National Picasso in Paris will have its biggest-ever exhibition dedicated to the artist.

At the Gallery | La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Aix-en-Provence | Photo by @dana_chels
At the Gallery: La Joie de Vivre by Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Aix-en-Provence @dana_chels 1.heic
Portrait of Pablo Picasso by David Douglas Duncan, Cannes 1957 | via The Red List

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Daniela Chelariu, Travel Editor, Paris
Travel Editor, Paris

Dana is a fragile dreamer, they say, arriving in Paris four years ago, for love, and the city has been constantly changing her life since then. Hers is a world of books, (Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Anne Berest), expos, long walks sur les quais de Seine, pink skies, fine wine and peonies.
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