Commissioned by Nelson A. Rockefeller from 1958-75, the tapestries were woven entirely by hand by Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach at her studio in southern France. Enormous in scale--some as large as 9 feet by 12 feet.--these woven works of art took three to six months to complete. Picasso collaborated with the weaver on the color choices of many of them and approved the final weaving. The artist verified his involvement by signing the backs of photographs of the tapestries.
This is the only time that so many of the commissioned Picasso tapestries (14 of 18) have been exhibited together outside of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family estate in Westchester County, New York.
December 20-March 8