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Painting the Blue Period


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Collection item 1554

The Blue Room

Collection item 1554

Pablo Picasso, The Blue Room, 1901, Oil on canvas, 19 7/8 x 24 1/4 in., The Phillips Collection, Acquired 1927 © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Painting by Picasso in blue and green tones of a crouching beggarwoman

Pablo Picasso, Crouching Beggarwoman, 1902, Oil on canvas, 39 7/8 x 26 in., Art Gallery of Ontario, Anonymous gift, 1963. 63/1 © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Soup

Painting by Picasso in blue tones of a woman handing a child a bowl of soup

Pablo Picasso, The Soup, 1903, Oil on canvas, 15 3/16 x 18 1/8 in., Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift of Margaret Dunlap Crang, 1983. 83/316 © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Research Videos

The Blue Room

Crouching Beggarwoman

The Soup

Watch & Listen

Conservator’s Perspective

Associate Conservator Patricia Favero on discoveries on The Blue Room

Curator’s Perspective

Curator Suan Behrends on Picasso’s Blue Period Women

Audio Guide

Exhibition co-curators Susan Behrends Frank (The Phillips Collection), and Kenneth Brummel (Art Gallery of Ontario) talk about some of the works in the exhibition.

Exhibition Catalogue

The catalogue (published by DelMonico Book/ArtGallery of Ontario/The Phillips Collection) presents new insights into Picasso’s Blue Period. Essays, a chronology, and a summary of conservation findings contextualize Picasso’s experimental approach to painting. A major contribution to the burgeoning field of technical art history, Picasso: Painting the Blue Period advances new scholarship on one of the most critical episodes in 20th-century modernism.

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Picasso: Painting the Blue Period is co-organized by The Phillips Collection and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) with the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

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The exhibition and its publication are generously supported by the Frauke de Looper Trust, the Ednah Root Foundation, Share Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Additional support provided by Lee M. Yarbro, Ken and Dottie Woodcock, Dr. Heather McPherson, Mark Tushnet and Elizabeth Alexander, John and Jean Lange, Diana Reuter-Twining and Edmund S. Twining III, and Patricia Squires and Patrick Spann, and Eileen and Michael Tanner

Made possible by The Phillips Collection’s Exhibitions Endowment Fund, which is generously supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Michelle and Glenn Engelmann, Robert and Debra Drumheller, and The Marion F. Goldin Charitable Fund

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

In-kind contributions provided by Farrow & Ball

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