‘Picasso: A Cubist Commission in Brooklyn’ to Open at The Met Fifth Avenue




Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Still Life on a Piano, 1911-1912, Oil and charcoal on canvas. 19 11/16 x 51 3/16 in. (50 x 130 cm). Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Met will open Picasso: A Cubist Commission in Brooklyn, the first exhibition dedicated to a captivating, but lesser-known chapter in the Cubist period of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). In 1910, while making radical formal experiments with the human figure that brought him to the brink of abstraction, the artist embarked on a decorative commission for the Brooklyn residence of artist, collector, and critic Hamilton Easter Field (1873–1922). While the commission ultimately went unrealized, it served as a catalyst for Picasso’s exploration of Cubism, as he worked, abandoned, and reworked the panels in various studios in France. This focused exhibition will bring together for the first time six paintings linked to the commission—a group of figure and still life compositions—along with related works and archival material. It provides a unique opportunity to view these canvases together in the same gallery and to consider them in relation to the architectural space for which they were originally intended.

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