This is the first exhibition hosted by the Met which focuses exclusively on the works of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) taking works from the institution's own collection, the second largest Picasso collection in America and one of the largest in the world.
There are around 300 works in total, including paintings, drawings, a dozen sculptures and ceramics, as well as an extensive collection of prints, some of which have never before been on public display.
The exhibition covers the entire spectrum of this multifaceted genius and includes examples of all the main themes that he dealt with throughout his career: the harlequins of the pink and blue periods, still lifes from the Cubist years, the monumental heads and the swimmers of the Twenties, raging bulls and nudes from the following decade, and the rakish cavaliers and musketeers of his final years. It also includes some of his early portraits, such as At the Lapin Agile (1905) and iconic Portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906). There is no shortage of drawings, either; exceptional and relatively unknown, despite their importance and number.
The list of works includes the fine self-portrait Yo, painted in 1900 when he was just 18 years old, and his fantasy Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer, painted almost seventy years later, when he was 87.
Alongside the works of Picasso, there is also an exhibition of photographs of the artist taken by, among other geniuses, Man Ray, Brassaï, Arnold Newman and David Douglas Duncan, all selected from the Met's own collection.