Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall and Joan Miró
On the evening of Thursday 16th March, QPxLDN, in the heart of Mayfair, had its walls graced by a collection of twenty works from four of the most prestigious and successful artists the world has ever known: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall and Joan Miró. The clinking of champagne glasses, courtesy of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, formed just part of the jubilant atmosphere of the evening, with guests pleasurably participating in the rare opportunity to encounter these works out of a gallery setting, particularly seeing that many of the prints on show have long been dispersed between museums and private collections all over the globe.
Uniting the artists on show was their participation in, and association with, The School of Paris. Before WWI, a group of expatriates in Paris began creating works in the styles which became later known as Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism. However, The School of Paris was, of course, not a single art movement or institution, extending even to classical musicians. As such, the school simply came to symbolise, embody and affiliate to the centre of artistic activity that Paris became in the twentieth-century. Integrated alongside a vast collection of Picasso’s works, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró amongst others served as a reminder of the charming line and colour with which today the School is associated with.
With a historic appeal within Picasso’s career, numerous works from the ‘Vollard Suite,’ a set of etching produced between 1930-7 named after the art dealer Ambroise Vollard who commissioned them, featured pertinently and were particularly admired by guests. Yet, arguably it was a Miró that stole the show.
Sans Titre (1968), an original drawing in red, black, blue, indigo and yellow coloured crayons, sat positively declared on one of the first walls visitors encountered. The real mystery of the work is the pencil scrawl, from the artist, dedicating the work to “Antonii Albareda,” whose identity is still unclear. The punchy and bold colours, celebrated in confident pencil-strokes by the artist, would be best acclaimed on a minimalist surrounding. Of course, in line with Predella’s drive for achieving this perfect interior aesthetic, the works were selected and curated with interiors in mind. No doubt, all of the works exhibited would provide the perfect compliment to any home or office and Predella House was thrilled to support these works finding homes in the guest’s own collections that evening.
In collaboration with Predella House, the exhibition was presented by Iconic PR and #TheKrag, sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, GTM Models, The Cuckoo Club, Artisan du Chocolat, Engel & Völkers, and Samuel Laurence. A Picasso inspired menu, fashioned by QPxLDN, was enjoyed by many of the guests that evening.