Picasso's Women in the Musée Picasso, Paris

Musee Picasso Paris Woman

A year ago, I was preparing to move from Paris to Montreal. A major strategy in emotionally processing this big change was to visit as many Parisian museums as possible. One of the museums I visited was the Musée Picasso, recently reopened after being closed for a five-year renovation project. After following the dramatic saga of the delays for the opening, there was no way I could leave town before checking out its shiny new look.

The museum is located in the Hôtel Salé, a 17th century hôtel particulier in the Marais. In the context of this sublime architecture, a bounty of artwork by Picasso is elegantly displayed. I soaked in the colors and forms.

As I wandered the galleries, I felt myself drawn to the representations of women. From realistic to utterly abstract, women were omnipresent in the artworks. Some paintings featured anonymous prototypes of women; some were portraits of Picasso’s muses. Picasso knew the subject well: he was married twice and had four children by three women.

I decided to go on a photo safari, a trick in my museum toolbox that helps me look at objects more closely. You simply pick a theme and focus on details found in artworks around that theme, with the aim of looking at everything differently. This visit’s theme was women.

And so I present Women, as found in the Musée Picasso:

Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman
Musee Picasso Paris Woman

This is an installment of this month's creativity theme of WOMEN. If you missed it, check out a description of the project here


Musée Picasso

Address5, rue Thorigny, 75003 Paris  ∣  Métro: Saint-Paul (line 1), Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8), Chemin Vert (line 8) ∣ Opening hoursTuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 6pm