'Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition'

'Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition'

Presenting the dazzling development of Picasso’s drawings over a 30-year period.

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is generally acknowledged as the greatest draftsman of the 20th century. Through some 55 works, the exhibition presents the dazzling development of Picasso's drawings over a 30-year period —from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage.

Drawing served as an essential means of invention and discovery in Picasso's multifaceted art, connecting him with the grand tradition of drawing by European masters of the near and distant past.

The exhibition will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Ground Floor. Passes are not required for this exhibition.

  • Visual arts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 29, 2012May 6, 2012


National Gallery of Art, West Building, 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Organized by The Frick Collection, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Hearst Foundation, Inc.

The exhibition is also made possible by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art, and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image credits: Self-Portrait, Paris, late 1901 / early 1902. National Gallery of Art, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.