CULTURE


Picasso meets 'face to face' with El Greco in his Toledo museum

Baku, June 9, AZERTAC

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Doménikos Theotokópoulos, better known as El Greco (Crete, 1541-1614) l, meet for the first time in the house-museum that the Cretan painter has in Toledo and that allows to contemplate, in the same space, to these two painters who broke norms and revolutionized art, according to Indo&NY.

It is a face-to-face meeting that reveals the common features and the color palette that made the work of these two geniuses a reference to the world. Picasso admired El Greco, and it is well known that the Cretan painter influenced the work of great Spanish painters. So the arrival from this Wednesday of two canvases from Malaga to Toledo, which make up the exhibition "Picasso visits el Greco", has become 'good news' and one more claim for the cultural offer of the regional capital.

The artist from Malaga has come to the Museo del Greco de Toledo "la casa del cretense" to show two of his reference works: "Woman with a hat sitting in an armchair" and "Venus and love", in a museum that would have been a reference, just as the Prado was, if it had existed when Pablo Picasso began to paint. This transfer has been made possible thanks to the institutional exchange with the Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland, which has made it possible for two works by Picasso to be exhibited at the Museo del Greco until September 25, which were last in Spain in 2015, at the Museo del Prado, as explained this Wednesday during the presentation of the paintings by the director of the El Greco Museum, Rosa Becerril. In return, the Museo del Greco has lent 'San Juan', 'San Bartolomé' and 'San Simón', three paintings from El Greco's Apostolate that will form part of the 'Picasso-El Greco' exhibition, which can be visited from 11 June to September 25 at the Swiss museum. The location of 'Venus and love' has been installed in the library, in front of Greco's 'San Bernardino', which is a characteristic work of his final production; and 'Woman with a hat sitting in an armchair' is in the Apostolate room, next to 'The tears of San Pedro' by Greco, with which it coincides in composition and colours.

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