The exhibition took place from the 22nd of june to the 4th of september 1994,
and celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Max Jacobs death. It was organized
by Quimper Museum of Arts,
The National Museums, and Paris Museum of Picasso. This celebration was very important.
The exhibition displayed 75 paintings drawings gouaches and sculptures by Picasso
75 gouaches and drawings by Max Jacob 200 documents (original editions
manuscripts letters and photographies) which mentioned the memorable facts of
Picassos and Max Jacobs friendship (in 1901).
Max Jacob was the privileged witness of Picassos creative work.
This young painter never stopped encouraging the young poet : they met several times.
At Picassos first Paris exhibition at Vollards residence in 1901 ; in
Montmartre during the « Bateau-Lavoir years » (1904-1909) ; at the
« Demoiselles d´Avignon » genese which the poet daily witnessed ; in
Céret where they shared the same lodgings, for Max Jacobs baptism on which occasion Picasso was
the god-father (1915). Max Jacob was the witness of Picassos marriage in 1918,
and some of Max Jacobs books were illustrated by Picasso : Saint Matorel,
Le Siège de Jérusalem, Le Cornet à dés, Le Phanérogame, La
Défense de Tartufe, and Les Chroniques Heroïques.