23-04-16

Picasso Portraits at The National Portrait Gallery

This autumn, London's National Portrait Gallery will stage a major exhibition of portraits by Pablo Picasso (1881 -1973).

The exhibition, named 'Picasso Portraits', will feature over 75 portraits by the Spanish expatriate, ranging from well-known masterpieces to works that have never been shown in Britain before.

The latter include the cubist portrait from 1910 of the German art dealer and early champion of Picasso's work, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, loaned by the Art Institute of Chicago; and from a private collection the exquisite portrait executed in 1938 of Nusch Eluard, acrobat, artist and wife of the Surrealist poet Paul Eluard.

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.

The exhibition will showcase a group of revealing self-portraits as well as portraits and caricatures of Picasso's lovers, friends, wives and children. Complementing these images of Picasso's intimates are portraits and caricatures inspired by artists of the past – Velázquez and Rembrandt among them – with whom he identified most closely.

"The exhibition gathers together major loans from public and private collections that demonstrate the breadth of Picasso's oeuvre and the extraordinary range of styles he employed across all media and from all periods of his career," said Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery.

'Picasso Portraits', sponsored by Goldman Sachs, and in association with the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, will run from 6 October 2016 - 5 February 2017.

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Tickets with donation: Full price £19 / Concessions £17.50
Tickets without donation Full price £17 / Concessions £15.50 (Free for Members and Patrons)
Photo 1: Woman in a Hat, 9 June 1941 by Pablo Picasso, 1941; Musée Picasso, Paris. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée Picasso de Paris) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2016 

Photo 2:  Woman in a Hat (Olga) by Pablo Picasso, 1935; Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne / Centre de création industrielle. Legs de M. Georges Salles en 1967 (n° inv. :AM 4393 P) © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2016