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."
2 days 6 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—This classic bronze sculpture depicts the Hindu divinity Shiva as the Lord of the Dance. His cosmic dance sets in motion the rhythm of life and death, with his right foot planted firmly on top of Apasmāra, the demon of darkness and ignorance.
Now on view in the Alsdorf Galleries.
3 days 3 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT The Art Institute's main building was originally constructed for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Our famous lions were added later that year and have been "guarding" the museum ever since.