MODERN INNOVATOR Picasso
30 April – 11 June 2022
“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
Born in October 1881, Pablo Picasso is one of the most well-known artists in history. He worked in a variety of styles throughout his long artistic life, starting at a young age until his death in April 1973, and is famous for the introduction of cubism.
Although Spanish, Picasso first moved to Paris in 1900 and his ‘Blue Period’ ensued for a few years following the death of a close friend. Embracing a bohemian life in Paris, his ‘Rose Period’ followed thereafter, and with the influence of African art, he then developed his ideas of ‘cubism’ along with fellow artist Georges Braque.
Already an influential and collectable artist, Picasso’s world straddled bohemianism as well as becoming a part of high society.
After the First World War, he took in neoclassical styles and made highly politicised work such as Guernica, his reaction to the bombing of that town during the Spanish Civil War. He remained in Paris during the German occupation of World War Two.
As he became older, Picasso embraced many forms of art including etchings and sculpture, mixing his styles and making ever more bold and colourful works, which would come to be seen as neo-expressionist in character.
This exhibition shows Picasso’s unique and confidant approach to art-making and will be a chance to view and own a small piece of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative and dynamic artists.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 30 April and runs through to Saturday 11 June, on Wednesdays to Saturdays.