16 May, 2021

Pablo, The Bull

Work from Picasso’s most creative phase, 1930-37, comes visiting

Pablo, The Bull

It arrived in India last month and has been under wraps since then. Pablo Picasso’s 100 copper engravings, the Suite Vollard, which represent his most creative phase, are now on display at the Instituto Cervantes in Delhi. The collection from Fundacion Mapfre is prized for its excellence, and relays some of the maestro’s varied themes, made between 1930 and 1937, from the artist and his model, the battle of love to Rembrandt and the Minotaur.

If Picasso has been the reigning deity for artists in India for several decades, works of the master have been appearing in one way or another in the country since the beginning of this century. Following the large show of his paintings and sculptures from the Musee Picasso in 2001, the ceramics and prints from the Grosvenor-Vadehra gallery, London, in 2006, we now have the 100 engravings of Picasso which were sponsored and promoted by collector Ambroise Vollard.

“Picasso was essentially Spanish in his roots,” points out Oscar Pujol, director, Instituto...

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