Artists and Subjects: Picasso to Stella

Feb 26–May 26, 1998


Pablo Picasso. Young Sculptor Finishing a Plaster (Jeune sculpteur finissant un plâtre). March 23, 1933, printed 1939. Etching; plate: 10 1/2 × 7 5/8ʺ (26.7 × 19.4 cm); sheet: 17 9/16 × 13 1/2ʺ (44.6 × 34.3 cm). Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Throughout the history of modern art, artists have chosen a variety of subjects as vehicles for expression. Some are traditional, such as the nudes of Henri Matisse or the self-portraits of Max Beckmann; others are narratives, like Pablo Picasso’s depictions of an artist at work in his studio. This exhibition demonstrates the complexity surrounding the artistic notion of subject matter.




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