A series of 30 photographs of modern day artists at work, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Rene Magritte, and Jeff Koons, are on view at the Sofitel Hotel near Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
The pictures in Revealed come from the periodical, Paris Match, and were selected by Picasso's grandson, Oliver Widmaier Picasso, an audiovisual media producer based in Paris, who was not available for the Washington opening.
A smart, 28-page guide which includes anecdotes and quotes from some of the artists accompanies the show.
Henri Matisse is seen shortly before he died, in his hotel apartment, bedridden and drawing religious subjects on the wall with a long instrument. When he was unable to hold paint brushes, he used scissors to cut up paper and pinned the pieces to the wall. "Scissors can be more evocative than pencils," the guide quotes Matisse.
And Picasso: "To my sadness and perhaps to my joy, my work is shaped by my love affairs." Picasso did not try to hide any of his lovers from the others, cruelly reading many of their letters to his ladies-in-waiting, the guide says.
Some of the other pictured artists in the exhibition are Pierre Soulages, Marc Chagall, Jean Cocteau, and Francis Bacon. None of the 30 artists are women.
Sofitel's Dominique Colliat helped assemble the presentation, which launched at Sofitel in New York, and is also scheduled for Sofitels in Beverly Hills, Chicago, and Quebec.
What: Revealed, 30 photographs of modern artists from the collection of Paris Match
When: Now through October 31, 2014
Where: Sofitel Hotel, 806 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005
Admission: No charge
For more information: 202-730-8800
Metro Station: McPherson Square