Picasso, magical paintings at Paris Musée Picasso - our pictures

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Published by Elodie D. · Photos by Elodie D. · Updated on 13 December 2019 at 21h59 · Published on 30 September 2019 at 14h21
Paris Musée Picasso devotes a very beautiful exhibition to Picasso’s “Tableaux Magiques” [Magical Paintings] from October 1, 2019 to February 23, 2020. These magical paintings have been painted between summer 1926 and spring 1930 and are portraits inspired by extra-occidental art and sign the first lights of cubism!

Come and (re)discover Pablo Picasso’s Magical Paintings in Paris for an exhibition running from October 1, 2019 to February 23, 2020 at Musée Picasso-Paris.

These paintings are the outcome of Picasso’s passion for extra-occidental works he collected. In the 1920’s, the painter is in touch with all the extra-occidental art merchants in Paris including Louis Carré, André Level, Pierre Loeb and Charles Ratton. So, next to 11 paintings that belonged to Picasso, the museum delivers its vision about these productions, the Magical Paintings, painted between 1926 and 1930.

These magical paintings are thought to have been painted in the summer 1926 when Picasso paints many canvases in his villa in Juan-les-Pins. Unfortunately, he decides to bring these paintings back to Paris, carrying them on the roof of his car and many works have been stolen at that moment.

These paintings mainly stage portraits made of lines and strange monumental volumes that “seem to change perpetually”. It’s Picasso’s extraordinary creative imagination that will bring art critic Christian Zervos to call these paintings “Magical paintings” in his magazine Cahiers d’art in 1938.

For over 5 years, the genius will paint many works including a series of women sat as bathers (Grande Baigneuse, May 26, 1929), a series of paintings of double-headed kisses. Several paintings are called “Metamorphosis” in the first exhibitions.
The exhibition will display then 16 of Picasso’s last magical paintings, very special since they are painted on wooden panel coming from a dismantled wardrobe because of how poor the painter was at that time…

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 1 October 2019 to 23 February 2020



    5, rue de Thorigny
    75003 Paris 3

    Tarif réduit: €11
    Tarif plein: €14

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    Horaires : 10h30-18h (9h30-18h en période de vacances scolaires et le week-end)

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