Picasso Black and White
Picasso Black and White, the first exhibition to explore the remarkable use of black and white throughout Pablo Picasso's prolific career, opens today at the Guggenheim.
The recurrent motif of black, white, and gray is evident in the artist’s Blue and Rose periods, pioneering investigations into Cubism, neoclassical Figurative paintings, and retorts to Surrealism.
By adopting this restricted palette, Picasso was faithful to a centuries-long Spanish tradition, following in the footsteps of earlier masters whose use of black was predominant, such as El Greco, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Goya, who made a series of black paintings in his old age, as Picasso did.
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