PICASSO'S EROTIC WOMEN MEET BECKMANN'S QUAPPI IN MUNICH
- Pablo Picasso, famous for his love life, put women at the center of his painting, interpreting the world through them and using them to project his erotic desires.
Max Beckmann, devoted to his improbably named second wife Quappi, put women on a pedestal and drew strength from their self-assurance. Willem de Kooning, with two tempestuous long- term relationships in his life, knowingly ran the risk of being deemed misogynistic with his wild, joyful, sometimes comically grotesque creatures merged into brightly colored landscapes.
An exhibition titled "Frauen" at Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne, the most expensive the museum has ever mounted, brings together a spectacular array of paintings of women by the three artists for a thoughtful show.
If it's not a complete success, that's because De Kooning's paintings stand apart from the others. The conversation between the works of Beckmann and Picasso is lively -- sometimes they concur, sometimes they contradict each other.
De Kooning doesn't join the debate and seems to be talking about something else altogether. The curators may have thought that too: Whereas Picasso and Beckmann often hang side by side, De Kooning's works are mostly together, away from the others.
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