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Variations on a Theme: Pablo Picasso and Revisiting Old & Modern Masters

Friday, May 17, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: Anna Tahinci
Instructor of art history, Glassell School of Art; affiliate professor of art history, University of Houston
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Picasso Black and White

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) drew on paintings of the past as a source of inspiration throughout his entire career. During the last two decades of his life, he created three major series of painted and graphic variations on the theme of past masterpieces: Women of Algiers (Femmes d’Alger) after Delacroix, The Maids of Honor (Las Meninas) after Velázquez, and Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) after Manet. At the same time, Picasso was reinterpreting, more sporadically, themes used by Poussin, David, or Courbet.

Anna Tahinci examines how Picasso revisited past masterpieces with the double intention of commenting on contemporary events and breaking free from all boundaries. By confronting the formal elements in the original pictures to his own pictorial language, Picasso renewed the “borrowing” genre and explored what belongs to the worlds of political activism, memory, and the unconscious with irony and humor. Questions? E-mail

Lecture Tickets
$5 MFAH Members | $8 Nonmembers + museum admission
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