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  • Culture

    Beyond the frame

    By Frances Atkinson 15 March 2016
    Image – Paris Match

    UNGUARDED, playful, intimate. The images making up the Revealed exhibition capture some of the world’s greatest modern artists right in the middle of creating the world’s greatest art.

    Curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso, the 30 pieces on view at Sofitel Melbourne were selected from nearly 1,000 photographs from the exclusive archives of Paris Match.

    First published as Match in 1938, the publication was once one of the most widely read magazines in France. With an emphasis on photographs, the magazine continues to cover everything from current events and politics to fashion and celebrity interviews.

    In a recent interview in the UK’s The Telegraph, the Spanish painter’s grandson said Picasso had a “natural talent and instinct for posing in a picture and knew what would make a good photograph”.

    The free exhibition features Dutch painter Kees van Dongen painting a portrait of the luminous beauty Brigitte Bardot whose enigmatic gaze at the canvas oozes style.

    Another standout image includes a suitably eccentric looking Salvador Dali engaging with a similarly peculiar looking woman dressed in white and seated in a glass box with each of her hands protruding through two slots. The effect is both baffling and intriguing.

    While some images have an orchestrated feel, many capture artists, including Henry Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Marc Chagall and Francis Bacon at work, mid-brush stroke as if waiting for inspiration, or in full artistic flight.

    Revealed, Sofitel Melbourne until 29 March, 2016

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