On one level, this large painting of a nude was inspired by Picasso's second wife Jacqueline Roque. But it also belies a number of the artist's life-long thematic and stylistic interests. Over 40 years after Cubism's impetus, he continues to draw from that vocabulary with his use of geometric, flattened forms. It also takes inspiration from classical themes, with a reclining nude in a seemingly eternal landscape. The landscape, in fact, was in Provence, where Picasso lived with Roque. The location was also close to Mont Sainte-Victoire, the mountain that Cézanne memorialized.
If you find yourself at the museum, visit Picasso's Nude Under a Pine Tree, and then head up to the Post-Impressionist galleries for a deeper look at Picasso's connection to Cézanne, who Picasso referred to as his "one and only master."
19 hours 49 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Two major figures in American art and literature aim to make the black experience visible in postwar America.
Closing August 28—http://bit.ly/2aQrnYd
1 day 18 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago It is believed Van Dyck never intended for the early stages of his etchings to be circulated and was surprised by their immediate popularity in the art market. Finding success at a time when artists didn’t usually show works in progress, these “unfinished” prints helped set the stage for the more recent popularity of works that reveal the creative process. See the prints that altered conventions in Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print—closing August 7.
1 day 19 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1983: The museum held an exhibition for the collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson, Chicago collectors of contemporary American realist drawings. Acknowledged at the time for collecting against prevailing art world trends, they amassed a comprehensive collection of work spanning the careers of both well-known artists—like Jack Beal, pictured here with Jalane herself and a portrait he made of her—and lesser-known Midwestern artists. The entire Davidson collection was bequeathed to the museum and saw another exhibition devoted to it in 1999.