Gallery Hopping: Whimsical Picasso Drawings at Omer Tiroche

Whether with ink, gouache, or crayon, Picasso brought paper to life.

Mayfair wunderkind Omer Tiroche is marking the expansion of his eponymous gallery’s scope, to include Modern art as well as contemporary, in a most appropriate way: with a show of works by Pablo Picasso, the king of Modernism himself.

“Picasso on Paper” comprises more than 30 works on paper, but the artist wasn’t picky about what type. He was known to draw incessantly, even on the backs of receipts or pages of books.

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Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Flûtiste Assise Et Dormeuse (1933). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.
Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Femme Debout et Femme Assise (1939). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.
Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Fishermem (1957). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.
Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Le peintre et son modèle IV (1970). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.
Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Nature Morte Cubiste (1910). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.
Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Paysage avec Faune et Chevre (1963). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.
Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Pour George Wahrlet (date unknown). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.
Picasso on Paper at Omer Tiroche
Pablo Picasso, Projet D'Affiche (1951). Image courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery.

On view at Omer Tiroche’s first floor gallery is evidence of Picasso’s pen, brush, and crayon excursions onto paper. The artist drew on lined and unlined, and heavy cream wove paper, in addition to cardboard, and, in one instance in this show, in the margins on a print of his own making.

One work in “Picasso on Paper” technically doesn’t fit within the theme as the title suggests: Tête d’Homme (1965) is an abstract portrait in red, yellow, and green on glazed ceramic. But together, the exhibition highlights the Modernist’s consistent style, and how it holds up no matter the media.

Timed to match the “Picasso Portraits” show at the National Portrait Gallery, “Picasso on Paper” is on view at Omer Tiroche in London until December 16, 2016.


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