Picasso 1969-1972: The End of the Beginning

Celebración Picasso 1973-2023

Start date
Fecha de fin


Musée Picasso
Place mariejol
Antibes, Francia

Of the 23 volumes of the Picasso catalog by Christian Zervos, 13 are devoted to the last 20 years. This shows how the last two decades of the artist are rich in creations. This production accelerated even more after 1968, between 1969 and 1972. At the age of ninety, Picasso reaffirmed that painting was above all a matter of desire and gave the world a lesson in enthusiasm and invention. In his very last paintings, the exuberance which is expressed by bright colors, and most often, by large formats, testifies to the extraordinary creative power of the artist in his old age, and his talents, often underestimated, as a colorist that the exhibitions in Avignon, at the Palais des Papes, in 1970 and 1973 would remind the public. He then revisits the gallery of his familiar characters, bullfighters, musketeers, and paints, with the frenzy of a young man and with extreme urgency, paintings that seem to take shape before our eyes, as if to invite painting «stronger than him, and who did with him what she wanted», to other adventures: the end of the beginning.