National Portrait Gallery Picasso Portraits exhibition catalogue

Picasso Portraits

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'lifts our appreciation of the master to a new level' - The Evening Standard

Picasso Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London

This handsome companion book to a major exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery focuses on the Picasso's portraiture. Because Picasso did not work to commission and depicted people in his intimate circle, he enjoyed exceptional freedom as a portraitist and worked in different modes as well as many different styles. 

The book covers portraits from all periods of Picasso’s career and in all media, from the realist paintings of his boyhood to his later ultra-spontaneous canvases. Works covered include a group of revealing self-portraits,  portraits and caricatures of Picasso’s friends, lovers, wives and children as well as portraits and caricatures inspired by artists of the past. 

The richly illustrated catalogue gives a broad account of Picasso's portraiture  and explores in detail themes including the artist’s sources of inspiration, differences between his approach to portraying men and women, and the complex motivation behind his switches of mode and style.

  • Author: Elizabeth Cowling, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Edinburgh
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: October 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1855145429
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 23.0 cm

'In showing Picasso's works of other people, we actually get one of the clearest images of Picasso himself through his choices of subjects, artistic obsessions, and some of his best-ever works' - Blouin Art Info 

'Picasso's many portraits of friends, lovers and family are among the most vivid pieces of his fantastically prolific and experimental career' - The Times

'lifts our appreciation of the master to a new level' - The Evening Standard

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Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery