3 of 9 portraits of Pablo Picasso
by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1944
7 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (188 mm x 190 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1086 portraits, Sitter associated with 354 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Although taken eleven years after their initial meeting, Beaton remarked how Picasso ‘was as pleased to see me as if I had been a close friend’. Despite the constant flow of visitors to Picasso’s Paris apartment, Beaton was able to photograph Picasso alone in various rooms. In this portrait, Picasso poses unusually in the intimate setting of his bathroom while fully clothed in a formal suit, and appears relatively composed when contrasted with the more playful persona he adopted in later photographs.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Spotlight: Photographing Picasso (12 December 2016 - 13 February 2017)
Events of 1944back to top
Current affairsLondon is hit by the V1 Flying Bomb. This weapon, developed by the German Luftwaffe and colloquially known as the 'Buzz Bomb', or 'Doodlebug', was the first guided missile and was used for attacks on targets in England and Belgium.
Art and scienceLaurence Olivier's epic film version of Henry V is released. Olivier directed and starred in the film, which was partly funded by the British government in recognition of its morale-boosting patriotic appeal. The cast included service men as Henry's army.
InternationalFrance is liberated from German-occupation following the Battle for Normandy. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of occupied-France led by Field Marshall Montgomery, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million soldiers crossing the channel from England to France. Troops landed on the 6th June (D-Day), and Paris was liberated in late August.
Exhibitions and displays
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939
Until 7 October 2018