Friday, 14 October 2016

Picasso Portraits - National Portrait Gallery

Pablo Picasso, Lee Miller as L’Arlesienne, 1937
Picasso Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery until 5 February 2017.
There was a time when I didn’t pay much attention to Picasso – his taken for granted ‘genius’ seemed to make him a bit of a bore; however, of late, I have come to enjoy his work more and more. Whenever I have come across a Picasso in mixed company his paintings generally sing out with a richness of invention and virtuoso technique which put the rest to shade. This exhibition of portraits looks wonderful and includes nearly 80 works ranging right across the bewildering ranges of styles he mastered through his long and prolific career.
Read reviews by Laura Cumming, Mark Hudson, Chantal da Silva, Jonathan Jones; read a feature article by Kathryn Hughes.

Pablo Picasso, Self Portrait, 1896
Pablo Picasso, Gustave Coquiot, 1901

Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait with Palette, 1906

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, 1910

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Olga Picasso, 1923
Pablo Picasso, Woman in a Hat (Olga), 1935

Pablo Picasso, Woman with Joined Hands (Marie-Thérèse), January 8, 1938

Pablo Picasso, Nush Éluard, 1938

Pablo Picasso, Woman in a Hat, 1941