When you think about 20th century art, three names that immediately come to mind are Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Fernand Léger. These modern masters helped usher in Cubism as a new art movement, ultimately influencing everything from paintings to music and even architecture.
During their careers, all three found inspiration in literature and poetry, and they interpreted modern texts through imagery. In The Hyde Collection’s latest exhibition, Picasso, Braque & Léger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters, you can see over 100 works that showcase the artists’ love of the printed world.
Explore the Connection Between Prints & Language
Organized by Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions, Picasso, Braque & Léger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters features a well-balanced selection of prints highlighting each artist and their response to language. The exhibition examines their relationships with post-World War II writers, playwrights, and poets.
According to a press release by The Hyde Collection, Jonathan Canning, director of curatorial affairs and programming, said, “This exhibition includes Picasso’s illustration of Fernand’s Crommelynck’s Le Cocu Magnifique; Léger’s artwork for Arthur Rimbaud’s collection of poems, Les Illuminations; and Braque’s illustrations that accompany Louis Broder’s Le tir à l’arc – it’s such a gift to see the visual interpretations offered by these artists.”
Picasso, Braque & Léger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters will run from October 6, 2019, to January 5, 2020, in the Wood and Whitney-Renz Galleries. To complement the exhibition, The Hyde has partnered with Crandall Public Library to offer a selection of books related to the works of art on display. These will be available to read in the Wood Gallery.