'Unprecedented' Picasso exhibition planned for Paris galleries





Described as the art sensation of the season, almost 200 works by the Spanish genius and the painters who inspired him will be on display simultaneously in the Grand Palais, the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay.

With works loaned from public and private collections around the world, the gigantic exhibition's aim is to bear out Picasso's claim to being heir to masters like Rembrandt, Velasquez, Cézanne and Matisse.

The bulk of the tableaux – some 120 pieces – will hang in the Grand Palais, alongside works by painters including Goya, Renoir and Van Gogh.

The Musée d'Orsay will juxtapose Manet's original Déjeuner sur l'herbe with Picasso's increasingly abstract interpretations of the original canvas.

The Louvre will hang Delacroix's Women of Algiers side by side with the complete set of the cubist master's reworkings.

Picasso was invited to exhibit ten of his works in the Louvre in 1947 alongside those by Delacroix, Courbet and Zurbaran, but the venture was deemed too controversial for the general public.

Since then various initiatives have partially brought together his works and those of past masters like Braque or Matisse – but never in such an exhaustive display.

Bringing together three such illustrious institutions in a joint project is a first in France, according to Thomas Grenon, the director of the Society of National Museums...




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