Renoir to Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris
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Pablo Picasso
National Gallery of Victoria
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Pablo Picasso

 

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Pablo Picasso - Large Bather -

 

Pablo Picasso
Large Bather, 1921
Oil on canvas
182.0 x 101.5cm
Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris
© Photo RMN C. Jean
© Pablo Picasso, 1921/Succession Pablo Picasso.
Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2001

 

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After the horrors of the First World War, the art world in France was preoccupied with a notion of a classical renaissance where order, tradition and the pursuit of formal perfection became a focus of artistic endeavour and nationalistic pride. Several of the most radical artists of the time, such as Picasso, modified their experimental approach and sought inspiration from the classical traditions of Italy and Greece. This was not a return to the academic style of the previous century, which the modernists regarded as obsolete, but a revitalised monumentality that celebrated the French tradition descending from antiquity.

 

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