National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition
January 29–May 6, 2012

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

Related Resources

Works by
Pablo Picasso
in the Gallery's Collection

NGA Classroom
A Century of Drawing, Works on Paper from Degas to LeWitt

Past Exhibition
Picasso: The Early Years, 1892–1906

Visit the
Print Study Room

Press Materials

Image: Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait, 1901/1902, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.164Pablo 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.

Schedule: The Frick Collection, New York, October 4, 2011–January 8, 2012; National Gallery of Art, January 29–May 6, 2012

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

The exhibition is on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Ground Floor.

© 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York