The Unveiling Of Pablo Picasso’s ‘La Plage, Juan-Les-Pins’ At The Lodha World Tower At Lower Parel On Wednesday Evening Was Accompanied By The Excitement That Such An Occasion Would Demand
The unveiling of Pablo Picasso’s ‘La plage, Juan-les-Pins’ at the Lodha World Tower at Lower Parel on Wednesday evening was accompanied by the excitement that such an occasion would demand.
Painted in 1937 at Mougins, a small town a few miles from Cannes, when the master was recovering from a tumultuous phase in his marital life, the canvas, depicting the Mediterranean seascape filled with vivid bright reds, yellows, greens and blues and with thick black brushstrokes, will soon be moved to its final resting destination at the real estate developer’s property at Altamount Road, where it will be displayed in the Tea Room.
What makes the deceptive calm of the work all the more intriguing, is that it is said to have been painted a few months after Picasso completed his iconic Guernica, acclaimed to be one of the most powerful depictions of universal suffering and the horrors of war.
Vinti Lodha was seen graciously receiving guests like art patron Jeroo Mango, Parmesh Shahani of the Godrej India Culture Lab, Raakhee Lalwani, designer Divya Thakur, author Amrita Verma Chowdhury, Sonal Singh of Christies (which had helped acquire the canvas) aesthete Prerna Goel, Gaurav Bhatia of Sotheby’s, businessman and blogger Sajjad Mitha and curator Bina Aziz, amongst many others.
“With this masterpiece, we aim to bring together the very best of art and sculpture from across the globe and embellish the opulent ambience of our luxury projects,” she said, adding, “We are extremely delighted that not only our patrons, but several families will also be able to see and admire this fabulous art piece, and we also hope that this will encourage the aspiring artists in our country.”
Following speeches by art consultant Farah Siddiqui and Emmanuelle Houlès, Attachée of the French Embassy, guests were regaled by a music recital by a trio led by Khursheed Khurody on the cello, which recreated the harmonies of Spanish and French music to evoke the atmospherics of the painting. And with flutes of champagne and a cornucopia of canapés at hand, the public viewing of an original Picassogot the unveiling it deserved.