‘Love, Fame, Tragedy’: Contextualizing Picasso

Friday 23 March | 18.45-20.00 | Tate Modern

Tate Modern is soon to open its blockbuster exhibition; ‘Love, Fame, Tragedy: Picasso 1932’. 1932 is known as Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’ when his paintings reached new levels of sensuality and eroticism and he cemented his celebrity status as the most influential artist of the early 20th century.

Yet his extraordinary career spans over 75 years and includes over 20,000 artworks that convey countless intellectual, political and social messages through an incomparable array of artistic styles. So that you’re ready to take on the Spaniard’s sexy ‘wonder’ works, we’re going to explore his prolific output pre-1932 – from the decadence of his early Blue period to the highly abstracted geometry of Cubism. We’ll understand his influences – from Impressionism to African Art, and we’ll get to know his bohemian contemporaries in Paris – from Cubist Georges Braques to Surrealist Andre Breton. You’ll come away from this tour ready to tackle the exhibition with a newfound understanding of this artistic genius.

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AL, London law firm (National Portrait Gallery tour)

My son Charlie and I were taken round the National Gallery by Rose Balston, and in three brief hours, we were inspired to levels of wonder. Rose has the gift of allowing you to discover things in the paintings that you would never have noticed before…I’d strongly recommend you join an Art History UK tour.
MH, Editor of Country Life Magazine (National Gallery)

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