Portraits of people have always been an inspiring challenge to artists. A portrait captures not only the subject, but also the character of the artist and of the period in which it was made.
The exhibition Il Volto del ‘900 – Da Matisse a Bacon (The Face of the 20th Century – From Matisse to Bacon) brings to the Palazzo Reale in Milan over 80 portraits and self-portraits from the Pompidou Centre collection in Paris. It shows how during the 20th century the portrait evolved as a reaction to social, cultural and economical developments.
The works are masterpieces by famous artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Francis Bacon, René Magritte and Gino Severini. But lesser known artists are also represented, whose work has often never been exhibited before in Italy, like Raoul Dufy, Max Beckmann, Henry Le Fauconnier, and Boris Grigorieff.