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by Sammy Lagios
Kineta, Attica, Greece
August 27, 2010
August 12, 2006
From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
New York, New York
May 22, 2006
From journal Weekend in Paris
November 4, 2005
From journal Paris, September 2005
September 18, 2005
Fittingly located in the artsy, still slightly funky Marais, within the 17th-century Hotel Sale (Salt, as its first owner controlled distribution of that once precious substance), a building that required extensive renovation before the museum opened in 1985, this museum informs the visitor about the personal Picasso who seduced fellow artists’ wives, had multiple marital troubles of his own, and seems to have kept every scrap- of letters, bills, and photos of self - and many sketches and drawings. As probably the most well-known modern artist of the last century, everything he touched appeared to have monetary potential. Even his studies for various paintings such as that for "Les Demoiselles d" Avignon," which is exhibited here are now extremely valuable.
Wall plaques in each room as well as a plan available at reception provide information in English, a real aid to understanding exhibits and the various phases in his pursuit of art. The atmosphere is light and airy, which allows for excellent viewing of the art works. Preternaturally artistically gifted, Picasso was also an original in sculpting and pottery-making; like his compatriot Joan Miro, the older Picasso continued to paint but also worked in other media.
From journal PARIS PERFECT- December in the MARAIS
March 19, 2004
As for the art, I was able to appreciate Picasso's greatness, variety of work, and talent, but it's not really my style if I'm totally honest. I really enjoyed the other museums much more. It is, however, a good sampling of Picasso's works, and it's well organized by time period (or phase) which helps the novice.
From journal Paris in March
May 11, 2003
The National Museum of Picasso is almost in the same area as Musée Carnavalet, if you wanna go there.
In the afternoon, we went to Giverny where MONET had a house. Enchanting place with plants, flowers, and the Japanese gardens where he painted the waterlily paintings. The house itself is wonderful and the flowers beds are full of colours. The dining room is great all in yellow. Too bad you cannot take pictures inside . . . I did anyway with the digital camera . . . There's a great kitchen too. Those were the main things inside the house. It was very relaxing and nice . . . I liked Giverny. If I had a similar house, I would have reached my dreams.
After dinner, we had a massive long walk from the Tour Eiffel to our hotel. I was destroyed with enhaustion.
From journal National Museum of Picasso
January 15, 2002
The Hôtel Salé is a wonderful building. While the exterior and courtyard are fairly nondescript, the interior is highlighted by a beautiful staircase. There are also a few partially obscured stairwells, false dead ends, hidden corners and the like, so make sure you give every room a thorough look to avoid missing something. There are masterpieces from several periods, and a few of his most famous works are on display, such as Demoiselles d'Avignon and two portraits of Dora Maar from around 1937.
While I tend to prefer the large, exuberant canvases for which he is most famous, the museum displays an impressive variety of works. There are more than 200 paintings, about 190 sculptures, 85 ceramics pieces, and thousands of drawings, engravings, photographs, and manuscripts. You get the feeling that sometimes Picasso would create a work of art with whatever materials he had at his disposal in a creative moment. He would use anything and everything, such as sticks, wrought iron, pieces of wood, and so on.
My personal favorites were in a room on the first floor housing his private collection where canvases by Matisse and Modigliani were displayed side by side, and a room in the basement with two portraits of Dora Maar.
Although we were here early, shortly after the 9:30 Sunday morning opening time, the museum became fairly crowded just a short time later. Further proof in my mind that traveling in the offseason has its advantages. A huge crowd in a museum such as this could turn an enjoyable experience into a mediocre one.
The Musée National Picasso is accessible with a musee pass. Free admission the first Sunday of every month. Tele: +(33) 01.42.71.25.21. The hours are:
Oct - Mar: 9:30am - 5:30pm Wed - Mon (to 8pm Thu)
Apr - Sep: 9:30am - 6:00pm Wed - Mon (to 8pm Thu)
Closed Tuesdays and Jan 1
Metro: Saint Paul (M1); Chemin Vert (M8); Filles du Calvaire (M8)
From journal Offseason Paris
LOS ANGELES, California
July 25, 2001
From journal Paris, the Grandest City of All
Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
November 28, 2000
From journal Do you love Paris?