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Picasso / Lautrec - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso never met. By the time 

visited Paris for the first time in October 1900 when still a boy, 

was seriously ill and died prematurely the following year. Even so, Lautrec’s radical oeuvre and his conception of modernity made a very powerful impact on the young Picasso. Through him, Picasso discovered the many facets of modern society which influenced his approach to art.
Although these affinities are well known, the exhibition Picasso / Lautrec (17.10.2017 - 21.01.2018), curated by Professor Francisco Calvo Serraller, head of the department of Art History at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and Paloma Alarcó, chief curator of Modern Painting at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, is the first monographic exhibition to carry out a comparative study of these two great masters of modern painting. Through more than a hundred works grouped around the themes that interested both artists – caricature portraits; nightlife in cafés, cabarets and theatres; the harsh reality of marginal individuals; the spectacle of the circus; and the erotic universe of brothels – it shows that Picasso’s dialogue with Lautrec, with influences and coincidences, is not limited to the Spanish painter’s early work but spans his entire output up until his mature period. (Text: Museo Thyssen-Bornemsza)