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"Mother and Child" (1901) by Pablo Picasso is shown in this undated handout photo released to the media on March 13, 2013. This painting is closely modeled on pictures Van Gogh did in Arles in 1888. Source: Collection Kunstmuseum Bern/Georges F. Keller Bequest/ Courtauld Gallery via Bloomberg.
By: Martin Gayford
LONDON (BLOOMBERG).- On February 17, 1901, a young Spanish poet and close friend of Pablo Picassos named Carles Casagemas invited several people to a Paris restaurant. After dinner he pulled out a gun, fired at one of his guests -- a model with whom he was in love -- then, having missed her, shot himself.
A splendid small exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 raises an intriguing question: What would we think if had it not been the poet but his artist friend who had died in 1901? In other words, how good, really, was the 19-year-old Picasso?
The answer, based on the works in this show, is that he was an extraordinarily brilliant artistic chameleon (which, in a way, was what he always remained). Picasso (1881-1973) had arrived in Paris from Barcelona for the first time in October 1900, and returned in May 1901 determined to make a success of his Parisian career.
At that time, Paris was the place to make it if you were a painter: it was the worlds arts capital and the most culturally exciting city on earth. Picassos first major exhibition was held at the dealer Ambroise Vollards gallery at the end of June 1901. Many of the works in the Courtauld exhibition reflect a whirlwind of energy over a couple of months, producing as many as three works three per day. Clearly, from the very start, Picasso proved amazingly prolific.
These pictures reveal him absorbing the influences around him at a tremendous rate. Edgar Degas, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin: he does them all. Toulouse-Lautrec is the obvious model for Picassos scenes of Parisian night life such as French Can Can.
But most of all, you can see the impact of Vincent Van Gogh. Picassos biographer, John Richardson, has written that Van Gogh meant more to Picasso than any other artist in his later years. He even got a copy of the newspaper report of Van Goghs ear-mutilation episode so he could frame it.
There isnt much sign of Van Gogh influence in Picassos mature work, but in 1901 its unmistakable. Mother and Child is clearly derived from the pictures that Van Gogh had painted of the wife and baby of Joseph Roulin, his postman friend.
Its not hard to guess where Picasso had seen those paintings. Vollard had bought a magnificent array of works from the Roulin family given to them by Van Gogh, which resided in his gallery storeroom appreciating in value.
The effect of seeing Van Gogh is evident too in the thick brush strokes and piercing gaze of the terrific self portrait, Yo -- Picasso (or I, Picasso). Then, abruptly, in the second half of 1901, the young maestro changed his style.
Casagemass death had deeply affected Picasso, who painted a series of somber, blue-toned pictures in his memory including Casagemas in his Coffin and Evocation (The Burial of Casagemas). The latter is a bizarre apotheosis of the dead poet in the manner of El Greco, in which Casagemas is carried up to a heaven full of naked women.
It was these works that led to Picasso to develop his first truly individual style: the Blue Period. But as was shown by another picture from late 1901, the slightly soppy Child with a Dove, the manically energetic 19-year-old virtuoso also revealed one of his weaknesses: an unexpected streak of sentimentality. The paintings influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Van Gogh are often better than those which immediately followed.
Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 is at the Courtauld Gallery until May 26.
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