Private View: Picasso: Challenging the Past at the National Gallery
- National Gallery |
A record number of people are expected to view this fascinating exhibition, so we would like to offer our members an exclusive opportunity to see it without the crowds.
Our private view begins with an introductory talk by Christopher Riopelle, National Gallery Curator of Post-1800 Paintings and joint exhibition Curator, who explains how Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) – arguably the most influential artist of the 20th century – pitted himself against the greatest masters of European painting in a life-long artistic dialogue.
This exhibition explores how Picasso took up the artistic concerns of the painters of the past and made audacious responses of his own. A rebellious innovator, Picasso was, in Riopelle’s words, ‘cannibalising the European painting tradition’.
Around 60 works by Picasso are displayed thematically, with sections on self-portraiture, the female nude, still lifes and the seated female figure revealing how the artist repeatedly returned to the great subjects of the European painting tradition, analysing and interpreting them as his personal style developed in myriad directions.