Pablo Picasso

Spanish / French (1881 - 1973)
Pablo Picasso Lee Miller 1937 © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018.

Biography

Born 1881
Died 1973
Nationalities Spanish
French
Birth place Málaga
Death place Mougins

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

  • An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

  • A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the twentieth 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 Degenerate Art (German: Entarte Kunst), was coined in the 1930s by the Nazis to ridicule modern art that did not fit with Hitler’s vision.  Confiscated by the German government, exhibitions of "Degenerate" artworks took place in cities including Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig. In addition to this ridicule, the Mazi's forbade artists branded with the term from exhibiting or holding teaching posts.

Exhibitions

Exhibition finished
Lee Miller and Picasso
  • 23 May 2015 to 6 September 2015
  • £9
Portrait
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
National