Provence VII - Roger Mühl - One of Mühl's major sources of creativity throughout his career was light. It was in the south of France that he found the intense, bright sunlight that inspired him most. In this series of original signed lithographs from 1986, the artist depicts the landscapes around his home in Provence. These works were created to accompany texts and poems written by French author Marcel Pagnol.
Avignon Prolongation - Pablo Picasso - It was a confluence of influences that encouraged Picasso to lend his figures more weight and structure around 1906. And they ultimately set him on the path towards Cubism, in which he deconstructed the conventions of perspectival space that had dominated painting since the Renaissance. These innovations would have far-reaching consequences for practically all of modern art, revolutionizing attitudes to the depiction of form in space.
Orangerie des Tuileries - Alberto Giacometti wanted to depict figures in a way that captures a palpable sense of spatial distance so that viewers might share in the artist's own sense of distance from his model or from the encounter that inspired the work. His figures represented human beings alone in the world, turned in on themselves and failing to communicate despite their overwhelming desire to reach out.
Untitled - Jean Cocteau was a master at representing the languid forms of his subjects in sketches. He often used no more than five or six lines to create a woman's long wavy hair, full lips, or searching eyes. An important exponent of avant-garde art, he had great influence on the work of others, including Picasso.