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Found: Pablo Picasso's "How to Draw" book for his daughter | Pablo Picasso

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THey, the ultimate “drawing” book for young children, created by a beloved dad who was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter discovered an extraordinary collection of sketchbooks used by artists to teach her eldest daughter to paint and paint.

Picasso filled the page with playful scenes of animals, birds, clowns, acrobats, horses, pigeons and more. This will please children as well as adults.

He created them for Maya Luis Picasso when she was 5-7 years old. On some pages, the girl made an impressive attempt to imitate the Master. She also scored her father’s work by writing down the number “10” in the circus scene to show her approval.

He painted two fascinating images of grape-craving foxes, inspired by the parable of the sour grapes of 17th-century fabulist Jean de La Fontaine. Fox and grape – And Maya colored one of them. He also drew a simple and beautiful eagle in one move, without lifting a pencil from the paper, telling her her love for her shape and pure lines.

A collection he has never seen includes an exquisite origami sculpture of a bird that he revived for Maya from an exhibition invitation.

His granddaughter, Diana Widmeier Luis Picasso, happened to find the work while examining the stored family materials. Intrigued by her, she showed them to her mother (now 86 years old).

Pablo Picasso and his daughter Maya, right, French actress Vera Clouzot at the 1955 Cannes Art Exhibition. Photo: Betman Archive

Widmaier-Ruiz-Picasso Observer: “She said,’Of course, they’re my sketchbooks when I was little.’ She quickly entered that era because we tend to be very visual in the family. It was a very moving moment, not only talking about one of the best artists, but also because it became very human. I was excited. Then I was affected.”

Picasso, who died in 1973, was taught by his father, a professor who paints with Maya, “it was natural for him,” his granddaughter said. She said, “There is a beautiful page where he draws a bowl, and she draws a bowl.

“Sometimes she makes an image, he makes another image and shows her the right way to do it. Sometimes they draw different scenes. Sometimes they draw dogs and hats. Sometimes he uses the entire page to draw one particular thing, and he draws a particular scene, a circus scene. It’s very interesting. “

Maya especially remembers the lack of colored pencils and notebooks during World War II. He still remembers the moment he painted together in the kitchen. It was the only warm place in the apartment. “

Pablo Picasso's sketchbook page discovered by his granddaughter.
Pablo Picasso’s sketchbook page discovered by his granddaughter. Photo: Marc Domage © Private Collection

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She was “lucky” to discover the sketchbook as she co-curated a major exhibition at the Picasso Museum with a close bond with her eldest daughter, born of her passionate love for Marie-Thérèse Walter. I expressed it as. In 1927, she was only 17 years old and he was 28 years old and her senior.

Exhibition, Pablo’s daughter, Maya Luis Picasso, Held until December 31, it includes many Maya portraits, personal belongings, photographs, sketchbooks, and origami sculptures. These will be published for the first time.

It is unknown whether the origami bird was made from his own exhibition invitation. Her granddaughter she said, “She didn’t want to open her work.”

In the book attached to the exhibition, she wrote: Much of the 20th century artistic revolution was greeted with ridicule and scandals, which is true, but in the case of Picasso, that decision has a real hint. As his eldest daughter Maya recalls, “The mystery of life, and thus the mystery of childhood, has always filled my father with interest.”

An origami bird made by Pablo Picasso from an exhibition invitation for his daughter.
An origami bird made by Pablo Picasso from an exhibition invitation for his daughter. Photo: Adam Rzepka © Private Collection

She adds: “In search of a pictorial language that breaks the exhausted chords of academic realism, Picasso borrowed extensively from the unruly lines of children’s paintings. Van Gogh, Goghan, and Mathis have children Focusing on the simplicity of the graphics and paintings he draws, Picasso emphasized the elements that disrupt the figurative tradition: distortion and malformation. “

Didier Ottinger, Deputy Director of the National Museum of Modern Art at the Pompidou Center, is currently holding a Picasso exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia in collaboration with the Picasso Museum in Paris. He pointed out that these sketchbooks reflected the artist’s fascination with childhood, saying “who learned from whom”.