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Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.

On display will be portraits from all periods of Picasso’s career and in all media, from the realist paintings of his boyhood to his later ultra-spontaneous canvases. The works on show will range from celebrated masterpieces loaned by international institutions to works in private collections being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time.


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Exhibition co-organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Portrait of Olga Picasso by Pablo Picasso, 1923 © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016
Woman in a Hat (Olga) by Pablo Picasso, 1935. © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Droits reserves

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