Picasso’s Pyrenees

Back by popular demand: Elizabeth Kemble, founder of Travellati Tours presents Picasso’s Pyrenees. Picasso, Haviland and Ceret–or How a little town in the Pyrenees became a center of Modern Art.

About 100 years ago, a little mountain town in the French Pyrenees called Céret became a center of Modern Art. Up-and-coming artists such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Gris spent summers here in the teens of the last century. It was here that Picasso and Braque developed analytical cubism (those pictures in brown and grey with lots of lines in different directions and hard-to-recognize subjects). This group became known as the School of Céret. After WW I, another wave of artists and writers including Soutine, Dufy, and Cocteau descended on the town. During WW II, artists fleeing Nazism settled there, among them Chagall, Dubuffet, and Tzara.


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