Picasso and Rodin: So Different and Yet So Alike

Picasso and Rodin: So Different and Yet So Alike
At first sight, Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso — born 41 years apart — may seem as different as can be. And yet in Paris, Musée Rodin and Musée Picasso have partnered to offer us a twin exhibition that looks at the many parallels in their work, and also in their personalities. A different take on amorous pursuits. (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong Many museums have been forced to re-center on their permanent collections, the pandemic rendering uneconomical the staging of blockbuster or itinerant exhibitions. But the two Parisian institutions have found an innovative way to circumvent this constraint, pooling their resources to bring us a surprising double show, staged in both locations at the same time. Picasso’s caricatures. (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong The show highlights not only how the two found inspiration in similar themes but also how they had a comparable attitude towards art. Rodin at Musée Picasso. (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong When Picasso visited Paris for the first time, on the occasion of the International Exhibition of 1900, he visited the retrospective Rodin had put up of his own work, a grand affair where his sculptures were displayed next to pieces from his own art collection. A penniless artist at the beginning of his career, Picasso could not aspire to be introduced to Rodin, then at the height of his fame, but it is certain that what the Spaniard saw deeply influenced his work and his approach to art. PIcasso’s cubist sculptures. (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong

Lead photo credit : Picasso and Rodin side by side outside Musee Rodin (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong

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Sarah Bartesaghi Truong has lived, studied and worked in Milan, Paris and London. Her lifelong passion for art in all its forms and her entrepreneurial dreams were the catalyst for a career change: she left the world of investment banking to go back to school, at the Sotheby’s Institute of London. Ten years ago, she moved back to Paris, the ideal location for an art-lover. As an Italian in Paris, she decided she would keep playing the tourist in her adoptive home town, always on the lookout for the many wonders the French capital has to offer to the curious explorer. VeniVidiParis, the company she founded, plans curated itineraries in the French capital and its vicinity for travellers wishing to discover the city’s vibrant art scene, but not only. Take a look at her recent discoveries on her Instagram feed, @venividiparis, or contact her at [email protected] for help planning your next Parisian vacation.