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Picasso and the comic strip

75 min visit

Paris
Musée Picasso
21 Jul → 3 Jan 2021
From Tue to Fri from 10 am to 6 pm. Sat & Sun from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thur until 11pm. Closed Mon.

« Picasso and the comic strip, a surprising, unknown and finally unveiled duo! »

Who knew? Pablo Picasso was fond of comic books! As a child of the 19th century, the Spanish artist created his first works at the turn of the 1890s when modern comics were being born in the United States. He was an avid reader of Pim Pam Poum and Rudolph Dirks comics published in the New York Journal supplement and American comics such as Little Jimmy and Krazy Kat. Curious to experiment with new techniques and always with a view to subverting classical culture, he then grasped the system of image sequences, panels and speech bubbles. His comic book essays are by turns childish, caricatural or political. This incursion into the ninth art does not stop at his talent as a draughtsman. As a major turning point in the history of art, Picasso's legacy now lives on in and through comics. His character populates the universes of Gotlib, Clément Oubrerie or Art Spiegelman, while with humour, homage or irreverence his works are taken up by authors as diverse as Hergé, Edgar P. Jacobs or Milo Manara. One thing is certain, the multitude of works exhibited here at the Picasso Museum can only prove to us the diversity and impact that the artist had on the world!

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