A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works from Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’, shown together for the first time in 85 years.
1932 was an extraordinary year for the 50-year-old Picasso. In only five days in March he had completed three exceptional works: Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, Nude in a Black Armchair and The Mirror, which we now know are all portraits of his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Through exceptional private loans, they are reunited here for the very first time since the year they were painted.
Picasso had already completed three other outstanding works, Rest, Sleep and The Dream, earlier in the year and quickly went on to produce the iconic Girl before a Mirror. Altogether, more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper have been brought together from private and international collections to create an unprecedented exhibition, one of the most significant the Tate has ever staged.
It will take visitors through this richly prolific time month by month, revealing all the complexity and inventiveness of the artist when he was working at the height of his powers.