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Picasso 1932 - An Erotic Year in Life of the Great Painter on View
Sex on the canvas: Picasso’s most erotic year laid bare
He began, as many artists do, by painting his family and friends and the places where he lived, and he never really stopped doing this through all the many changes in style for which he was celebrated. At times, the references to his own life, and the people in it, might acquire an allegorical disguise or be rendered in a somewhat hermetic symbolism, but they are usually there all the same. The feeling might be tender or respectful, satirical or even nasty, but it is always a direct and concrete expression of the artist's immediate experience. There is no place in the world where this autobiographical element in Picasso's work is more vividly seen than in the collection of the Picasso Museum here.
Women, passion and sex were subjects that were often on the mind of the artist Pablo Picasso — and they form the basis of an exhibition in Bern. Added to this, of course, are all those other women of his imagination and memory who appear in his works as historical or mythical figures or as prostitutes in brothels. Throughout all his stylistic periods there seems to be one common topic: desire, or to put it more bluntly: sexuality, crude or sensual, symbolic or grotesque. They became friends, which enabled Bloch not only to expand his collection but normally to get the number one print in the run. Around of these works were given to the Gottfried Keller Foundation for art and then deposited in eight museums in Switzerland, including the one in Bern, on one condition: the museums should, in turn, present a selection of the bequest to the public every five years.
By , Pablo Picasso was already the most famous artist in the world. Picasso had a wife, a son and a mistress. The wife, Russian ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova , aged 41, had given up dancing after an ankle injury to devote herself to home-making.