“Young Picasso” is the third of Harbor Theater’s six films from Exhibition On Screen (EOS), the award-winning British cinematic series that explores the biographies of history’s most revered artists. The film plays Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Phil Grabsky, this cinematic detective story looks in detail at the journey of Pablo Picasso’s life and traces his path to genius. The carefully crafted documentary, filmed over two years, includes two critical periods in Picasso’s life - the Blue and Pink Periods - but does not overlook the years before those which are, though much less well-known, absolutely formative.
In close collaboration with five major European museums - Museo Picasso Málaga, Fundación Picasso-Museo Casa Natal, Málaga, where he was born; Museu Picasso de Barcelona, where the most extensive collection of his early works is held; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in the city Picasso called home - “Young Picasso” offers unique insight into the artist’s masterpieces at each of these remarkable institutions as well as additional insight from historians, curators, letters from friends and lovers, and Picasso’s grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
The film culminates in New York, at the Museum of Modern Art where one of Picasso’s works has been on permanent display since the 1930s. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon was painted by Picasso when he was just 25 years old. The painting is now considered ground-breaking yet at the time it was scorned and rejected.
Malén Gual, Senior Curator at Museu Picasso de Barcelona says, “This film brilliantly shows what a solid artistic training Picasso had and what remarkable paintings he produced from an early age. I have worked for decades on Picasso and I was so impressed with the whole thrilling story as revealed on the big screen.”
Tickets are $10 ($ for members). The Harbor Theater is at 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. For more information, visit www.boothbaycinema.org.
The Exhibition on Screen art series continues with “Cezanne” on March 8, “Rembrandt” on April 12, “The Artist’s Garden – American Impressionism” on May 10, and “Van Gogh and Japan” on June 7.