Botticelli, Primavera, 1482 / Picasso, Vollard Suite xxxiv: Sculptor and statue of three female dancers, 1930’s
Botticelli was a poetic painter. Primavera speaks of springtime and beauty. Patterns, rhythms, delicacy, sensitivity - the visual dance within a poet’s mind.
Picasso was an artist was the utmost versatility. Passionate and ambitious, he created one work after the other, from observation, from emotion and from life experience.
They could not have been more diverse, living in different centuries, in different countries, under different circumstances socially, politically and artistically. Yet, Picasso saw something in Botticelli’s paintings. That something he expressed in this etching of the Vollard Suite. The dance. The freedom of movement. Feminine beauty and grace. A tribute to Botticelli.
Picasso’s passionate nature meets Botticelli’s poetic one. And it is what makes art so powerful. A painting can influence art of the future and make one feel something universal, regardless of time or space.