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."
3 days 10 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Jacques-Louis David’s "Napoleon"
French painter Jacques-Louis David created the quintessential image of Napoleon in 1812 and this rare loan provides occasion to highlight related works in the Art Institute's own collection as well as an interactive digital reconstruction of the artist's sketchbook
4 days 7 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1924: An old favorite—The Art Institute included German Shepherds as part of our crackerjack security team from the 1920s until the 1940s. Here we see guard dogs Billo and Bella posing with their handler, along with a few paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.