Picasso 1932: Tate Modern

Ever since the Tate advertised they were holding the Picasso 1932: Love, Fame Tragedy exhibition the buzz started in the gallery. We have been very fortunate to have dealt with some exceptional paintings by the talented Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.

One of the most exciting things about this show is that, although Picasso produced such a variety of work within his lifetime, exploring different themes, techniques and the effects of his lovers on his work, the Tate decided to centre on only one year.


1932 was a ‘make or break year’ for Picasso. The hunger and vigour with which Picasso worked towards his retrospective exhibition in June at Galeries Georges Petit is evident and then, in the latter half of the year, the softening and playfulness of his work comes through as the pressure eased, tailing off to more morbid themes as the world prepared for war, once again.

The rooms are curated chronologically taking us from January and his record breaking sale in February through to the darker months of December where he explored the theme of drowning and the possibility of rescue.

Picasso Exhibition

One of our highlights was “Girl before a Mirror”, painted in March, which echoes a similar painting by the French nineteenth century artist, Edouard Manet. As stated in the exhibition booklet: “Like his friend and rival, Henri Matisse, Picasso sought continually to prove that figurative painting could be modern by injecting it with a new sensually inspired by (Marie-Therese) Walter.”  This is apparent through his bold palette, voluptuous forms and thick impasto.


This is a must-see exhibition, and we strongly recommend going to the Tate Modern where it is running until 9th September 2018. Please click here if you would like more information on the exhibition.


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