Pablo Picasso’s “Rape of the Sabine Women” is being brought to Japan for the first time. This work, inspired by Nicolas Poussin’s “The Abduction of the Sabine Women” and Jacques-Louis David’s “The Intervention of the Sabine Women,” depicts a tale of Ancient Rome, when the city’s men forcibly took a neighboring tribe’s women to be their wives. Though the theme can often be found in paintings and sculpture, Picasso uses it to express his personal reaction to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
In addition to this major piece, works by other major artists such as Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol will be on display; Sept. 20-Nov. 30.
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts; 1-1-1 Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi. Kanayama Stn. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat., Sun., holidays till 5 p.m.). ¥1,300. Closed Mon. 052-684-0101; www.nagoya-boston.or.jp/english
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