For Pablo Picasso, 1901 was a pivotal time to experiment and find his own unique style. At just 19 years old, he was living in Paris, painting furiously and dirt poor, so it wasn’t unusual for him to take one canvas and reuse it to paint a fresh idea.
Works by Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt usually reside in separate French and American wings of an art museum, and rarely ever does their art hang together.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is opening a new exhibition to showcase examples of modern realism from 20th century artists.
As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history.