Pablo Picasso

Spanish / French (1881 - 1973)
Pablo Picasso Lee Miller 1937 © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017.


Born 1881
Died 1973
Nationalities Spanish

The son of an artist, Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, and studied at art school in Barcelona. He visited Paris in 1900 and after several extended stays settled there in 1904. Picasso was a hugely prolific and highly influential artist who worked in numerous styles throughout his life. However, it is probably for his cubist paintings that he is known. Their revolutionary treatment of subject matter, whether still life or portrait, is instantly recognisable as being by Picasso. The Gallery of Modern Art has a small, but choice collection of Picasso's work, including a 'Blue Period' painting, a cubist collage, two still life paintings, two drawings, several prints and some notable loans.

Glossary terms

  • A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

  • A loosely affiliated group of artists working in Paris in the early years of the twentieth century up to the Second World War. The term initially referred specifically to non-French artists who had settled in the city but was later used more generally. Artists associated with group are regarded as innovators of modern art, working in styles as diverse as Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. They include Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Modigliani.


Exhibition finished
Lee Miller and Picasso
  • 23 May 2015 to 6 September 2015
  • £9
Exhibition finished
Picasso & Modern British Art
  • 4 August 2012 to 4 November 2012
Modern One
Exhibition finished
The Discovery of Spain: British Artists and Collectors: Goya to Picasso
  • 18 July 2009 to 11 October 2009