Pairing Picasso at The Museum of Fine Arts

There’s a new exhibition of Picasso at  The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Paintings on loan from the Beyeler Foundation in Switzerland and from private collections are shown together in a small space.  The two paintings shown below are paired with others of related themes and composition. The human body, the human face, are Picasso’s subjects. One pairing shows human bodies in collisions of war. In these scenes of violence we feel  grotesque stillness, as if the world and tattered emotions were mixed and frozen. In other pairings we see movement in stillness: swirling lines and stirring molecules and atoms within and around quiet, seated subjects.

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