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Pablo Picasso, Trois Femmes à la Fontaine, 1921.  The present canvas is part of a group of a dozen oil studies that Picasso painted for one of his most important neoclassical works. It depicts three women getting water in ancient jars at a fountain we can discern the sea in the background. The palette is warm and the overall rocky tons are light brown to depict the rock on which they are seated.  The sky in the background is beige while the sea is grey.

Pablo Picasso, Trois Femmes à la Fontaine, 1921
Oil on canvas
33 x 37.2 cm. (13 x 14 5/8 in.)
©Helly Nahmad Gallery NY

DRAPÉ_Degas, Christo, Michel-Ange, Rodin, Dürer
November 30 - March 8, 2020

The Nahmad Collection is pleased to contribute to the exhibition DRAPÉ_Degas, Christo, Michel-Ange, Rodin, Dürer. The Lyon Fine Arts Museum keeps an exceptional drawing of Albrecht Dürer's drapery study. This meticulous study reveals how the flexibility of a fabric lends itself to an infinity of folds, underlined by the play of shadows and lights.

Drawing will be at the heart of the exhibition while being confronted with other techniques. Through this medium, the public will be brought inside the studios of the most remarkable artists such as Nicolas Poussin, Gustave Moreau or Ingres. The work of lesser known designers will also be honored. With the invention of new artistic mediums like photography, the patient creation of a drapery seems to belong to a bygone aesthetic regime.