How did Picasso Paint Before He Became a Famous Cubist?
More than anyone else, Pablo Picasso embodied the breakthrough of Modernism. In collaboration with Georges Braque he created Cubism, but he also painted in a number of other styles both before and after the Cubist period. The Picasso collection includes many works that show the artist’s stylistic development from the turn of the century 1900 until the 1940s. The Acrobat Family is one of the foremost paintings from Picasso’s pink period in the first years of the 20th century, while The Straw Hat is typical for the artist’s mature style of the 1930s.
In the Picasso room you will also find a drawing and a sculpture by the Fauvist Henri Matisse, along with works by Modernist pioneers such as Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, André Derain, Wassily Kandinsky and Kurt Schwitters. Cubism was developed further in different directions by a number of artists. At the same time, the Fauvists simplified contours and intensified colours. In his abstract art, Kandinsky explores colours and forms, comparing them to chords in a piece of music, while Schwitters creates collages of found fragments.