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Picasso at 50: The Challenge of Matisse

Lecture | The Linnean Society

Tuesday 20 March 2018 - 11:30 until 12:30

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy opens at Tate Modern this week to exceptional reviews. The Telegraph thinks the exhibition ‘extraordinary’, The Times describes the works on show as ‘dazzling’ and The Guardian says the exhibition is ‘unmissable’, as most of the 100-plus works have never been shown in Britain before.

1932 – the year that he turned 50 – was such a pivotal period in Picasso’s life that it has been called his ‘year of wonders’. Some of the most spectacular new paintings that year appeared to have been made in response to the characteristic imagery and decorative style of his friend and rival Henri Matisse. In this lecture, timed to coincide with the exhibition, Professor Elizabeth Cowling, the co-curator of ‘Matisse Picasso’ at Tate Modern in 2002 and curator of ‘Picasso Portraits’ at the NPG in 2016, offers her fascinating insights into the relationship between the two artists.

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This event has been organised by the Buckinghamshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

The Linnean Society

Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BF

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