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Monday, Jun 4, 2007

Hyde Acquires Important Picasso Etching



Glens Falls, NY – The Hyde Collection’s Board of Trustees and staff are pleased to announce the Museum has recently acquired a print by Pablo Picasso.  The Hyde was chosen to receive Deux Figures Nues (1909) from The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s art collection as a result of their recent re-evaluation and mission refinement. The dry point etching has been added to The Hyde’s permanent collection which includes over 3,000 works of art.


The Hyde has a history of collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).  The Museum’s founder Charlotte Hyde was an astute collector of the artist’s work.  The Museum owns an important late Blue Period painting entitled Boy Holding a Blue Vase (1905) and a pen and ink drawing entitled Quatre Personnages (1926) from his Classical Period.  In 1997, the Museum acquired a late Picasso etching, Standing Man and Woman, Nude (1971). “While The Hyde’s Picasso collection touches upon the artists Blue, Classical, and late periods, we did not own a work representative of his early Cubist phase – widely considered Picasso’s most significant contribution to the history of modern art,” according to Erin Coe, curator of The Hyde Collection.  “Deux Figures Nues is a superlative addition as well as an ideal complement to the group of works the Museum owns.  The etching fills a significant gap in the collection by presenting the essential elements of Picasso’s Cubist style.  We are extremely thrilled and honored The Schenectady Museum has entrusted us to exhibit and care for this work,” stated Randall Suffolk, Hyde director.


The Hyde’s ability to place the artist and his work in further context alongside works by Pierre-August Renoir, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse enhances the interpretive potential of the acquisition. The dry point etching will be on view in the exhibition Drawn from Life and Legend: European Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection to open at The Hyde on May 19, 2007. 


“After careful consideration, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Board of Trustees was happy to vote in favor of transferring the Picasso to an institution with the wonderful reputation the Hyde enjoys,” stated Kerry Orlyk, the Schenectady Museum’s Executive Director. “Given that we are unable to create an exhibit around one piece, and it is of utmost concern that this important work remain well cared for and available to the public as much as possible, and that this piece will fill a gap in the Hyde’s Picasso collection, we feel that this transfer represents a perfect fit for the mission of both institutions,” Orlyk explained.


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