The Bacchanale is both a spirited party and a specific type of music. Both are lively, celebratory and related to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, was also a music lover and depicted musical instruments and performances in many of his works. Flutes, guitars, harmonicas and cymbals are seen in the joyful pastoral scenes in these prints. Small bands and solo performers celebrate for people and livestock alike in the French countryside; lovers serenade each other while lounging in bed on lazy mornings. The works feature versions of nature spirits such as Fauns, Satyrs and Pan. These classical Greek and Roman characters are lovers of music, wine and dancing and all represent joyousness, celebration, revelry and fun. This exhibition will provide an opportunity for viewers to enjoy the celebrated works of Pablo Picasso while considering the close relationship between music and art.
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