Pablo Picasso, Woman Asleep at a Table, Le-Tremblay-sur-Mauldre, Dec. 18, 1936, oil and charcoal on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus Perls Collection, 1997
As far as art exhibitions go, the most profound are rooted in a simple idea. Picasso Black and White, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from Sunday through May 27, took shape as Carmen Giménez, curator of 20th-century art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, delved deep into the works of the Spanish-born master.
Giménez discovered that at the very point when Picasso was nearing a radical shift in his aesthetic journey, he would strip color from his works and focus on form and concept.
Picasso Black and White parses through monochromatic paintings, sketches, sculptures and works on paper that encompass 66 years, from 1907 to 1970. The collection is drawn from private collections, the artist's family and museums and galleries across the globe.
This audio photo essay gathers 14 priceless masterpieces on view. Alison de Lima Greene, MFAH curator of contemporary art and special projects, offers insightful — and sometimes comic — commentary on a selection that serves as an amuse bouche for this one-in-a-lifetime show.
Click through the photos and be sure to listen by activating the player below.