I was lucky enough to visit an exhibition in North Holland a couple of weeks ago when I was on holiday ‘Picasso in Holland’.
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso is his official name but he was known to everyone as Pablo Picasso. He was born in Malaga, Spain although he spent most of his adult life in France.
In the summer of 1905, the young Pablo Picasso stayed in the province of North Holland for a few weeks. He apparently went there to get inspiration. He stayed for only a short time with a Dutch friend in his holiday home in Schoorl and Schoorldam.
Picasso went on excursions to Alkmaar and Hoorn. He visited cheese markets and studied the windmills. But most of all he studied the Dutch ladies and their wonderful clothing.
He loved the Dutch ladies hats. I took some pictures when I was there:
His sketchbooks and the famous paintings ‘La belle Hollandaise’ from Australia and ‘Les trois Hollandaises’ from Paris have been reunited can be viewed at the exhibition in the Alkmaar Town Museum . He made gouaches of young village women. It was a small intimate showing and wonderful to see! If you want to read more about it visit their website.
Till next time!