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The Picasso Museum in Paris has been closed for renovations almost the whole time I’ve been making my spring pilgrimages: more than five years. It opened late in 2014 so I could have seen it last spring but I didn’t get around to it. C.N. had it on his agenda, though, so I saw it with him this morning. I’ve always had reservations about Picasso: too much stuff, too many styles, too much ego. Of course he was a genius; he painted some of the iconic images of the 20th century, Les Demoselles d’Avignon, Guernica, etc. But what would it mean to say you “like” Picasso? I like some of his work, but frankly a lot of it looks like junk to me. That off my chest I did enjoy the museum; there were enough pieces that I liked to make it worthwhile.

It’s in a beautiful old hôtel particulier (mansion) in a lovely area of the Marais.

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Here are a few of my favorites pieces.

Bob interrogating "Tête de femme", Boisgeloup, 1931-1932

Bob interrogating “Tête de femme” (head of a woman), Boisgeloup (1931-1932)

"Buste de femme", Boisgeloup (1931)

Buste de femme“, Boisgeloup (1931)

"Femme à l'enfant" (woman with child) (1961)

Femme à l’enfant” (woman with child) (1961)

"Portrait de Marie-Thérèse" (1937)

Portrait de Marie-Thérèse” (1937)

Self Portrait, Blue Period (1901)

Self Portrait, Blue Period (1901)

"Carnet de dessins No 30, dit du Chef-d'oeuvre innconu" (notebook of designs No. 30, called the Unknown Masterpiece) (1924)

Carnet de dessins No 30, dit du Chef-d’oeuvre innconu” (notebook of designs No. 30, called the Unknown Masterpiece) (1924)

"Instruments de musique sur un guéridon" (musical instruments on a side table) (1914-15)

Instruments de musique sur un guéridon” (musical instruments on a side table) (1914-15)

As usual for me, certain aspects of the building itself caught my eye in addition to the art.

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The third floor was closed, so I’ll have to go back. Perhaps when some other friend wants to see the collection.