Although Picasso never joined the Surrealist movement, its members adopted him as a fellow traveler and often looked to his work as a point of inspiration. In this bloody painting, Picasso’s personal fascination with the Spanish bullfighting tradition overlaps with Surrealism’s interest in primal aggression. #TheSurrealists
Explore more works in “The Surrealists: Works from the Collection”:
“Bullfight,” 1934, by Pablo Picasso. © Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Can you spot the three Eiffel Towers in this painting? Robert Delaunay included the Parisian architectural icon in many of his works. For a closer look at Delaunay’s colorful, prismatic style, come visit “Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis,” now in its final weeks at the Museum. Make sure to beat the holiday rush!
"Three-Part Windows," 1912, Robert Delauna
The FOUR Musicians!
Come see another fabulous quintet during this Saturday’s Music in the Galleries, featuring The Curtis Institute of Music.
”Three Musicians,” by Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, 1921
Happy birthday to Gilbert Charles Stuart, born on this day in 1755. Best known for his iconic (though unfinished) portrait of George Washington, which still appears on the dollar bill, Stuart painted many of Philadelphia’s leading citizens during the years the city served as the nation’s capital. Note the different palettes he employs in these companion portraits of newlyweds, commissioned by the bride’s family shortly before she left for England with her husband.
“Portrait of David Montague, 2nd Baron Erskine,” 1802 and “Portrait of Frances Cadwalader Montagu, Lady Erskine,” 1802
"To him [Gilbert Charles Stuart] we owe the best portrait of that great and good man, Washington, of whom Lafayette so justly said, that scarcely any preceding man ever combined in himself so much of what was great and good in human nature. This portrait is one of the heirlooms of our great republic, and is highly valued and appreciated."
~The Illustrated Magazine of Art
On what everyday object do you see Stuart’s portrait of Washington? Find out HERE
"Portrait of George Washington (Athenaeum Type)," c. 1800, Gilbert Charles Stuart
This Friday, join us for a celebratory evening at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park! A trolley will take you from the Museum’s West entrance where you will enjoy a tour of the newly renovated Cedar Grove, followed by a tour, wine, colonial-inspired desserts, and good cheer at Mount Pleasant.
Tickets are required, CLICK for details.
Happy Birthday to Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat who was born on this day in 1859. Despite its small size, this painting shows the technique that Seurat is most famous for –pointillism. Would you be up for the challenge of counting each dot?! If you are, head to Galley 152 where this painting is now on view.
“Moored Boats and Trees," 1890, Georges Seurat
My very own festival of light!
This Friday, West Philadelphia Orchestra will fill the Great Stair Hall with lively klezmer music during Art After 5: Festival of Lights.
”The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths" by Bruce Nauman, 1967
Modern life is full of material for us: it is a question of learning how to make use of it. Each period brings with it new elements which must be brought into our service. The great difficulty is to translate them into plastic terms and to avoid the mistake the Futurists made. — Fernand Leger
Happy birthday to painter and sculptor George Segal! Segal (1924-2000) pioneered a new method of casting plaster sculptures by wrapping coated bandages around live models, removing the hardened forms, and then reassembling the parts into their final state. The artist debuted this work, Exit, at the New York Pop Art exhibition “New Realism.”
Learn more about this work HERE.
”Exit,” 1975, by George Segal (Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art)