The Mystery of Picasso’s Creative Process: The Art of Print Making

27 June - 24 August 2013

Direct from the archives of Claude Picasso, this collection of close to 50 works on paper also featured an oil painting, Tête à la coiffe (1947). Exhibited for the very first time in Asia, these works exposed audiences to a lesser-known side of Picasso- his explorations with the print medium. While widely known for his paintings, this collection reveals a more intimate side of the artist and his practice in the print medium through the expressive quality of his lithographs and linocuts, and rare corresponding plates. Not limited by boundaries, the works provide an insight into the essence of Picasso’s creative process and of creativity itself.

Highlights included the masterful series of lithographs, Le Taureau/Bull (1945). Challenging the artistic conventions of the day, Picasso progressively pared down a realistic image of a bull to its mere essence, expressing the dynamic power of simple lines through 11 prints.

Another series, Les deux femmes nues/Two female nudes(1946) reveals the shifting interpretations of his muses as they become the focus of Picasso’s art and a driving force behind his creativity. It explores Picasso’s affection and fascination towards the women in his life.