Mario Cuttoli and Henri Laugier own one of the most famous private collections of modern art in the world today.
Mario Cuttoli and Henri Laugier own one of the most famous private collections of modern art in the world today. They have donated 14 Picassos to France's National Museum of Modern Art.
On Saturday (June 28) this collection will go on show at the Orangerie of the Tuileries before being transferred permanently to the National Museum of Modern Art. Also on show at the Orangerie at the same time is the first integral presentation of the 300 works of Degas owned by the Louvre.
The Cuttoli-Laugier donation to the State was originally made in 1963--at which time they said the works would be given to the Museum of Modern Art in their wills. Now, they changed this to an outright donation. The works centre mainly on the artist's cubist" period, and include five works which are known as "papiers collees" (refinements on the "collage"); and four large pieces -- each from a totally different artistic period of Picasso's work -- which include the 1930 "Femme aux Pigeons" (Woman with Pigeons), and "Deux Femmes sur la Plage" (Two Women on the Beach) done in 1956.
Running concurrently with the Picasso exhibition in the Orangerie is a special "homage to Degas" exhibit, organised by the Louvre. In it are seen, for the first time, a fully comprehensive reunion of the 300 works of the artist owned by the Louvre: paintings, pastels, drawings and statuettes.
The idea has been to show how the preparatory studies and illustrated pastels have evolved to become the famous paintings and sculptures. The exhibit comprises not only the 67 works normally on show in the Galerie du Jeu de Paume, but also the 160 little-known works preserved by the Department of Drawings of the Louvre and the 73 bronzes of the Department of Sculpture which have not been shown for a long time.