Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Madame Moitessier, 1856. © The National Gallery, London; Pablo Picasso, Woman with a Book, 1932. © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society, New York

Picasso Ingres: Face to Face

OCTOBER 21, 2022-JANUARY 30, 2023

Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105

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Arriving stateside after its inaugural presentation at London’s National Gallery, Picasso Ingres: Face to Face links two masters born almost exactly a century apart and sharing little in common at first blush. It took Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 12 years of stop-and-start work to complete Madame Moitessier, the Second Empire portrait that inspired Pablo Picasso’s Woman with a Book, depicting his young mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. The show pairs the works for the first time, allowing even casual observers to see Picasso’s debt to his predecessor in the sitter’s pose (itself borrowed from a Roman fresco) and the mirror behind her.


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