Marie-Thérése, Face and Profile, Paris 1931
Shamefully, I must admit that it's been a long time since I have visited the Guggenheim. Recently though I found out that Picasso's black and white period pieces are currently on view. I've been fortunate enough to see most of Picasso's blue and rose periods but have always been intrigued about his black and white period. Picasso claimed that color weakens and so removed it from his pallet, wanting to explore the various structures that inform his artworks. In doing so he was able to strip away the many complex layers involved when it comes to color and balance to focus primarily on his personal process of painting. This exploration into black and white allowed Picasso to develop his own painterly language of shapes, syntaxes and sculptural signs. If you have never seen a Picasso show I highly recommend this one, it will give you the opportunity to see the beginnings of a Picasso we all recognize and cherish to this day.