Musée Picasso, Paris

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    PIcasso Museum

    by markyg Written May 9, 2006

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    I read a couple of less than favorable reviews on this museum, but I am not sure why. This was a great museum. For starters, there were not many people. The museum was much bigger than I had expected with several floors of artwork. I have always liked Picasso, but this museum definitely expanded my Picasso horizon, focusing a lot on Picasso and his women, particularly Dora Maar, the subject of the exposition. The musuem has photographs, paintings, and sculpture from each phase of Picasso's life. We trailed along behind a group that was getting a tour in English and it was worth it to learn more about Picasso and his paintings. While I am certainly no expert on art, I am not sure why he is so under appreciated. A forerunner of cubism and surrealism, plus has some paintings in a more classical style. To me there is something for everyone here. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours in the Museum.

    Museum is open from 0930 to 1800 (only till 1730 from october-March). Cost is 9.50 euros. It is supposed to be closed on Mondays, but for some reason it was closed on a Tuesday when we went.

    Picasso sculpture

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    Picasso's Pretty Pictures

    by Jase1177 Written Oct 31, 2005

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    The Musee Picasso is an excellent museum to spend some time, especially if you enjoy Picasso's work. The museum is located in mansion in a quiet section of the heart of Paris. There are numerous pieces of Picassos work, including many sketches, as well pieces from his personal collection.

    The museum is arranged in various rooms devoted to the various periods of his work. There is also quite a bit on the man himself, aside from his art. For any fan of Picasso's work, you will enjoy spending a couple hours admiring and exploring the work of such an influential artist.

    Cost: 6-7€

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    Musée Picasso - Digging the Art & Architecture!

    by BeatChick Updated Sep 11, 2005

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    I'm not a huge Pablo Picasso fan but it’s worth a visit, not only for his works but also for the works of his friends ( I think I enjoyed the artwork of his friends, such as Georges Braque or Joan Miró, more than his stuff).

    Of Picasso's works I liked the paintings of:
    Dora Maar
    La Céléstine
    What I love about it is the witch-like quality of the sitter and that he painted her blind eye. I really love that he attempted to depict the real (although later in a cubist style but very real to him, perhaps the interior qualities of the subject) rather than just the beautiful.
    Bust of a lady with a large nose
    This lovely lady was another of my favorites at the Musée Picasso. I'm not really sure why yet except that it may be one of the few "nice" depictions of a woman in Picasso's repertoire. Hmmm...let me ponder on this.
    Bronze of a Bull's Head
    It's cool, it's different, it's quirky, it's so very Spanish!

    This maison (Hôtel Salé) in the Marais that the works are housed in is itself beautiful. Look around you at all the gorgeous architectural details. Crown mouldings on the ceiling are lovely.

    Carte Musées et Monuments accepted here.

    Photos: April 2003

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    Love This Museum!

    by LauraWest Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    This was my first experience in a museum devoted to one artist. It was a very happy discovery for me ( & a short walk from Hostel Fourcy where I stayed)!

    Each room of this beautiful building follows in chronological order, with a nice sign, In English & French, telling the life of Pablo. Some photos are included on the signs. I don't recall seeing any of his larger sculptures before, except for the huge one in downtown Chicago, Illinois, which I have loved for a long time! Of course, there are many paintings in this museum. Many are not familiar unless you're a great student of Picasso. Smaller ceramic pieces round out this fine collection. It is permitted to take non-flash photos inside.

    There's a pleasant courtyard & restaurant here, too. I didn't eat at it. I had plans for a picnic, but you weren't allowed to eat your own food in the courtyard. Fortunately, you can see there's a small, pleasant park just behind the museum! I went there after & sat on a shaded bench.

    The gift shop is in two parts. Pretty good shop, though I wished they had more prints of his work for sale.

    some of his sculptures
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  • Mind-bogglingly good art museum

    by ckdexter Written Jul 27, 2005

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    The Picasso museum doesn't get the credit it deserves. Don't stick to the Louvre and the d'Orsay alone. This collection is absolutely fantastic. I don't think I really appreciated his work until I had my head knocked off by this collection. Floor after floor of Picassos--most of them are the lesser known works from the later years. Frankly, I think it's his best work--after the bland pretty but too easy to like and too easy to forget pink and blue periods, and past the monotony of the it's all the same we get the point cubist period. These are full of stunning harsh violent colors and angles. Amazing stuff for a real art lover. If you're just looking for pretty art and a pretty building, go to the Rodin museum. But if you want powerful, exceptional, striking art (wall after wall of it), go here--at least once, but preferably more.

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    Musee Picasso

    by Andraf Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    Located in the lovely neighbourhood of Marais, the beautiful seventeen-century palais named Hotel Sale houses the largest collection of works by Picasso in the world. Many of the works were owned by the artist himself and were obtained by the French state on Picasso's death in 1973 when they were taken as compensation for the inheritance taxes owned by Picasso's heirs. The works are displayed in chronological order; they span some 75 years of Picasso's life and all changes in his style during this time, all the major periods of the artist's life from 1905 onwards. You can see Picasso's experiments with Cubism and Surrealism including some studies for his famous Demoiselles d'Avignon, the painting considered to have launched Cubism in 1907. Then follows his latest works many on themes related to war and peace; many of the works picture his wives and children. In addition the museum displays Picasso's art collection, paintings that he bought or was given by contemporaries such as Matisse, Cezanne, Braque, Renoir and Miro and his collection of African masks and sculptures. The displays include photos and information about the artist's work and life. It all makes for a rewarding visit. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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  • Picasso Perfection

    by Patrick3581 Written Feb 16, 2005

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    The Musee Picasso is a beautifully rendered museum in the Marais. Many, many works in chronological order, as well as, works of other artists from Picasso's personal collection. This museum is my pesonal favorite in Paris.

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    Musee Picasso

    by TRimer Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    The Musee Picasso celebrates the artwork of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), one of the world’s most prominent artists and master of cubism. Situated in the heart of historic Paris, the Museum is a delightful 17th century hotel/mansion that houses a collection of 251 paintings, 160 sculptures, 16 collages, 29 reliefs, 107 pieces of pottery, 1,500 drawings, 58 notebooks, and the whole of his engraving works.

    Inside the Picasso Musuem
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    Musee Picasso [Museums V]: The Galleries

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    The route through the museum is carefully directed -- the cellar part of the visit comes midway if I recall and includes passing through a glassed over courtyard on the way down. The arches of the cellar create a very different feeling than the high-ceilinged rooms upstairs.

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    Musee Picasso [Museums V]: The Building

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    The story of how this museum came to be is one any taxpayer can appreciate! When Picasso died the estate taxes were going to be horrendous. So an arrangement was made that it would be paid in works of art! The problem was where to put them! So the Hotel Sale [for the salt merchant who built it], which had been bought by the City of Paris in 1964 and restored to its former configuation, was refitted again to hold the collection. The lack of money for extensive renovations places Picasso's 20th century against the 17th! And it works!!!

    Looking out The upstairs hallway A detail of the build's scuptural reliefs
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    Picasso Museum

    by bpacker Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    If you hate Picasso and think that all this symbolisma and cubist stuff are crap, then don't bother going to this museum.
    However, if you're like me and think that art should be for art's sake, pop in the museum about half an hour before closing.
    They'll let you in for free.
    Browse at your own leisure. I doubt you'll be able to appreciate much unless you're Tim Burton*. Make your purchases later in the delightful sourvenir shop. Yup, I have to admit, I spent more time there then at the galleries.

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    Hôtel Salé, 5 rue de Thorigny 75003

    Transport :
    Metro line 1 or 8 : Chemin-Vert, St-Paul, St-Sebastian
    Buses : 29, 96, 75, 86, 87

    Opening Hours:
    April to september: 9.30 am to 6 pm
    October to March: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Fees :
    Adults : 5.50euros
    18-25 : 4euros
    Under 18s : free

    * American director and creator of gory flicks like beetlejuice, the last night before christmas and big fish

    An inspiration for Tim Burton, no doubts about it.

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    The Picasso Museum

    by jrs1234 Written Sep 19, 2004

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    Tucked down a back street in the Marais district, the Picasso museum is crammed with the works of this famous painter. You get to see the artist's style evolving in more or less chronological order - it's an interesting place, although there's less Cubism there than I expected...

    There are also some nice paintings there that Picasso collected. The only drawback to this place was the one-way system imposed on visitors - you couldn't skip bits and you couldn't quickly dodge back to a particular spot that you found interesting. Otherwise good, though.

    You can get in here with a museum card, otherwise it's 5.50 euros for adult entrance. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

    Entrance to the Picasso Museum in the Marais
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    Largest single collection of Picasso's works

    by rexvaughan Written Jun 7, 2004

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    This mid-17th Century building has an interesting history of its own. It was built in 1656 as a residence for General Aubert de Fontenay, has housed the ambassador of Venice and then a school of art and manufacture. In 1975 the state leased it to house the works they had received from Picasso's estate. It includes the world's largest collection of his works and includes 200+ paintings, about that number of sculptures and almost 100 ceramics as well as 3,000 drawings, engravings and manuscripts. It is well explained in English and includes photos and information about the artist throughout his life. It is also small enough to enjoy without being overwhelmed.

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    Musee Picasso

    by SFHulaGIrl Updated Apr 28, 2004

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    I was never a huge Picasso fan until I saw the real thing!

    The Hotel Sale, constructed in the 17th century, holds a vast array of Picasso's works from 1894 to 1972. His works of art are arranged in chronological order.

    Admission is 5,50E.

    Open April to September: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Open October to March: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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    MUSEE PICASSO

    by hevbell Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    Its hidden away in a little back street in the Marais district but its well worth a visit. I've never been a huge fan of his work but I found it really interesting and was glad I went

    Closed Tuesdays

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