Picasso devoted a large portion of his time and passion throughout the 1960s to the reinterpretation and investigation of the old masters, an experience in which he personally reaffirmed his connection to some of the greatest painters in the history of art. Picasso revisited motifs from his earlier work while simultaneously re-working that of Manet, Matisse and Delacroix. Paysage is surreal in its swirling composition, drawing the viewer into the midst of highly atmospheric and other wordly mountain range. The flattened composition of the abstracted natural forms are reminiscent of both El Greco’s View of Toledo and van Gogh’s Landscape with Olive Trees (see figs. 1 & 2), yet it is intermingling of greyish blues, creamy greens, and light browns which recalls the sfumato technique practiced by Leonardo Da Vinci and suggests the breadth of Picasso’s study of art historical principles.
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