John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, explores the work of the most revolutionary and prolific artist of the 20th century. He pays close attention to the important works by Pablo Picasso in the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection, weaving them in among examples from all over Europe and America. Picasso is a household name; countless people have seen his pictures, but not always with pleasure and often with bafflement. Walsh reviews Picasso’s early development and his role in creating Cubism, the most radical invention in pictorial art since the Renaissance. He shows how the artist moved away from the most severe forms of Cubism, inventing influential new variations during his 70-year career. For some, this series offers an introduction to Picasso and, for others, a review of his achievements.

Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

Further reading and resources

A group of people sit at a table looking in the same direction. The figures are painted in flat black and red colors

Pablo Picasso, Café Scene, 1900. Oil on panel. Yale University Art Gallery, Transfer from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Gift of Alice B. Toklas to the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature

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