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Picasso: Challenging The Past

Issue No. 2140

Pablo Picasso, Seated Woman, 1920 (Pic: © RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi / Succession Picasso / DACS 2008)

Pablo Picasso, Seated Woman, 1920 (Pic: © RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi / Succession Picasso / DACS 2008)


A new exhibition at the National Gallery in London explores the ways that Pablo Picasso, arguably the 20th century’s most influential artist, created audacious work in response of the painters of the past.

Picasso: Challenging The Past, displays some 60 works by the artist and invites visitors to explore Picasso’s fascination with the old masters.

The exhibition shows how Picasso repeatedly returned to the great subjects of the European painting tradition.

It displays the artist’s variations where, late in life, he made direct reference to masterpieces such as Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas and Édouard Manet’s Déjeuner Sur L’Herbe.

Picasso: Challenging The Past
National Gallery, London until 7 June


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Tue 24 Feb 2009, 18:21 GMT
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