“Picasso. Magic Paintings” pays tribute to the Picasso-González collaboration

“Picasso. Magic Paintings”, the current exhibition at the Musée Picasso Paris (through February 2, 2020), explores a series of paintings created by Picasso between 1926-1930, baptized his “magic paintings” by art critic and galerist Christian Zervos. Filled with strange figures, these works testify to the influence of surrealism and contemporary psychoanalytic theory of Freud and Jung that were popular at the time.

The latter phase in Picasso’s production of his “magic paintings” corresponds to the beginning of his collaboration with Julio González around iron sculpture.  Picasso solicits González’s technical prowess in 1928 in the realization of iron sculptures destined for Guillaume Apollinaire’s funerary monument.  The collaboration between González and Picasso, which lasts from 1928 and 1932, produces a series of major iron sculptures realized by González from Picasso’s drawings.  This exhibition pays tribute to this important exchange that was beneficial to the development of both artists.

A “Conference-Signing session” of the fourth volume of Julio Gonzalez’s new catalogue raisonné will take place on November 5th at 6:30 pm at the Picasso Museum in conjunction with this exhibition. This work covers the entirety of Gonzalez’s artistic production from 1925-1933, including the works he produces in collaboration with Picasso between 1928-1932. The conference will be led by art historian Tomas Llorens, author of the catalogue, which is edited by the Fundacion Azcona.

To sign up for the conference, please follow the link below: https://billetterie.museepicassoparis.fr/selection/timeslotpass?productId=1481470025