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Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition
January 29 – May 6, 2012
West Building Ground Floor

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

Overview: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is generally acknowledged as the greatest draftsman of the 20th century. Through some 55 works, the exhibition presents the dazzling development of Picasso's drawings over a 30-year period—from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage. Drawing served as an essential means of invention and discovery in Picasso's multifaceted art, connecting him with the grand tradition of drawing by European masters of the near and distant past.

Organization: Organized by The Frick Collection, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Sponsor: This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Hearst Foundation, Inc. The exhibition is also made possible by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Other Venues: The Frick Collection, New York, October 4, 2011–January 8, 2012

Image: Installation view of Picasso's Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives


Picasso, Pablo
, 1881 - 1973