Picasso on Paper

Compton Verney

15 October – 11 December 2016

£6.80 with National Art Pass (standard entry £13.60)

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Highlighting Picasso's often overlooked but inventive career as a printmaker.

Throughout his career Picasso was influenced by the figure of the bull, the tradition of the bullfight and the virility of the Minotaur, a mythological creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man. Drawn to the creature's incalculable strength, its status as an outsider and its associations with uncontrolled emotion, Picasso frequently used his etchings to cast himself in the beast's place.

Arranged thematically, into several subjects – family, bullfighting and mythology – the exhibition comprises a selection of over 70 Picasso works on paper, lithographs and linocuts. In addition, the display features monochrome images of his children that the artist created in the absence of the proper lithographic tools, with his fingers.

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The exhibition also includes eight ceramics that the artist made in collaboration with the Madoura Pottery, an earthenware atelier in Vallauris, France. Picasso lived in the region between 1946 and 1955, and created hundreds of pieces during his stay, ranging from vases and sculptures to a complete dinner service. Pieces on display in the exhibition depict faces, birds, horses and explore the artist's life-long fascination with bullfighting.

Venue information

Opening times

19 Mar – 11 Dec
Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm and park closes at 6pm)

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