12 December 2016 - 12 February 2017
Pablo Picasso with his painting of Marie-Thérèse Walter ('Nude, Green Leaves and Bust', 1932)
by Cecil Beaton
Renowned as one of the twentieth century’s most prolific and influential artists, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) was also one of the most photographed. Born in Spain, he spent most of his life in France and gained fame and recognition early in his career, particularly as a co-founder of the Cubist movement. His celebrity was also fuelled by the countless photographs in circulation that documented his life and work.
Portraits by notable photographers such as Bill Brandt and Cecil Beaton, as shown here, have ensured that Picasso’s likeness and lively character became and remain universally recognised. Brandt and Beaton’s descriptions of their experiences of photographing Picasso emphasise the sense of occasion felt at meeting an artist of his importance and provide added glimpses into Picasso’s life and personality.
This display coincides with the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Picasso Portraits (until 5 February 2017).