the “tableaux magiques” exhibition at the Musée Picasso

"Tableaux magiques" exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris - Cahiers d'Art

Did you know that Picasso had painted over 15,000 paintings? I randomly found and read this information on the back cover of a biography, in the museum shop. I didn’t realize he had been such a productive artist. It may have been the climax of the exhibition -lol-, I was totally stunned.

The exhibition is about a very precise period of four years (summer 1926-spring 1930), during which many of the paintings that Picasso did formed a cohesive group, which Christian Zervos would later (1938) call as “Tableaux magiques”.

"Tableaux magiques" / "Magic paintings" exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris

I like the presence of big black lines, it kind of add structure to the abstract background of this painting. There was also a lot of drawings in the exhibition, which I loved so much. Generally, I think I’m more attracted and touched by drawing rather than painting.

"Tableaux magiques" / "Magic paintings" exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris

One thing I also enjoyed was the part focused on the “Cahiers d’art” publication. Originals pages of the magazine were displayed, and it was so charming. The paper, aged, colored by the time… with printed Picasso paintings, still so powerful.

"Tableaux magiques" exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris - Cahiers d'Art
"Tableaux magiques" exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris - Cahiers d'Art
"Tableaux magiques" / "Magic paintings" exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris

Here is a picture of Paul Rosenberg’s gallery at 21, rue La Boétie in Paris. Rosenberg was one of the most progressive art dealers of the 1920s. He first exhibited some magic paintings in 1929 and 1930. I found it really interesting to see how Picasso’s paintings were showed at that time. Plus, this big picture of a Picasso’s exhibition in the Picasso museum added an “inception” impression… kind of cool.

"Tableaux magiques" exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris - Cahiers d'Art

“Tableaux magiques” / “Magic paintings” exhibition, until 23 February 2020 at the Musée Picasso in Paris. More information here.

I enjoyed the “Tableaux magiques” exhibition at the Musée Picasso. By the way, the building itself, called Hôtel Salé, is really beautiful. It’s a typical “mazarine” building of the 17th century. I hope this article made you want to see the exhibition. And if you’re interested in drawings, you should definitely read this article.