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Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde

September 14, 2006–January 7, 2007

Vollard and Picasso

The exhibition concludes with a gallery devoted to the work of Pablo Picasso, who had his first Parisian exhibition in 1901 at Vollard's gallery. Eight paintings from that exhibition are featured, including a portrait of Gustave Coquiot, who wrote the preface to the 1901 Picasso exhibition catalogue (Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle). Vollard bought many of Picasso's Blue Period and Rose Period paintings, and new research has shown that he purchased Cubist paintings as well, among them Picasso's memorable portrait of Vollard (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow). The one hundred etchings that compose Picasso's Suite Vollard series conclude the exhibition.