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Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906

March 30 – July 27, 1997
East Building Upper Level

Installation view of Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives


This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 151 paintings, drawings, and sculptures created early in Pablo Picasso's career, prior to the advent of cubism, were chosen from the Gallery's collection with loans from other public and private collections.

Free passes were required for admission on weekends and holidays. An audio tour was narrated by Gallery director Earl A. Powell III and associate curator Jeffrey Weiss. An "electronic field trip" was produced by Maryland Public Television in cooperation with the Gallery's education, curatorial, and conservation staffs. With the use of full-motion video, the 60-minute tour of the exhibition linked students in area classrooms, students at the Gallery, and Gallery staff members.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Curators were Mark Rosenthal, former curator of 20th-century art at the Gallery and curator of 20th-century art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Jeffrey Weiss, associate curator of 20th-century art at the National Gallery; with George Shackelford, curator, and Robert Boardingham, assistant curator of European painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The advisory committee included Picasso specialists John Richardson and Jean Sutherland Boggs.

Sponsor: The exhibition was sponsored by Bell Atlantic. Additional support was provided by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 530,911

Catalog: Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906, edited by Marilyn McCully. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1997.

Other Venues: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, September 10, 1997–January 4, 1998

Picasso, Pablo
Spanish, 1881 - 1973