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October 7, 2014

6:30 PM



Talk About Art at Tweed!


Join other art lovers for an evening of lively discussion, be the first to see new acquisitions, and be inspired by our masterpieces! Every first Tuesday through May we hold an informal viewing and discussion of selected works from our collection. Faculty, students and community members are invited to choose work to be discussed!

Note that starting August 2014, Tweevenings will be held every other month, on the first Tuesday of the month.



Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Le Chef-d’Oeuvre Inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece), 1927-31
(suite of 13 etchings for the story of the same name written by Honoré de Balzac in 1837, commissioned and published by Ambrose Vollard, Paris) etching on Van Gelder wove paper, ed. 83/99, #10 of 13
Collection Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
Gift of Alice B. O’Connor and John Brickson


Tweevenings with Ed Newman
August 5, 6:30 pm

Tweed Museum of Art


Picasso, Storytelling and The Unknown Masterpiece


Ed Newman’s talk will revolve around Picasso’s interpretation of Honoré de Balzac’s prescient story The Unknown Masterpiece.

The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as varied as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton’s words, a “fable of modern art.” What is especially interesting is that Balzac wrote this in 1832, long before even the idea of abstract art was in vogue. Part of the talk might include the stories art tells from cave drawings to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It is exciting to find Picasso’s version of the tale here in the Tweed.


Read more


Did Modern Art Dealer and Collector Ambroise Vollard Make Picasso What He Was?


An Interview with Influential French Author Honoré de Balzac


A Few More Thoughts in Preparation for Tonight's Tweevenings Lecture at the Tweed: Picasso, Storytelling and The Unknown Masterpiece


Wordless Wednesday: Snapshots from the Tweed





Ed Newman writer, artist, blogger


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