Picasso portraits illustrate extraordinary range of artist
National Portrait Gallery, London Showing from: 6 October 2016 - 5 February 2017
Picasso Portraits will include over 75 portraits by the artist in all media, ranging from well-known masterpieces to works that have never been shown in Britain before. The works epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art and focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers. All phases of the artist’s career will be represented, from the realist portraits of his boyhood to the more gestural canvases of his old age. It is the first large-scale exhibition devoted to his portraiture since Picasso and Portraiture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Grand Palais, Paris in 1996.
Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, says: ‘ We are delighted to stage Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, a collaboration with Museu Picasso, Barcelona, which focuses on the artist’s reinvention of time-honoured conventions of portraiture, his genius for caricature, and the extraordinary range of styles he employed across all media and from all periods of his career.’
Left: Pablo Picasso, Woman in a Hat (Olga) 1935; Centre Pompidou, Paris.