A Surprising Picasso at the Tate Modern

“The Wonder Year”. That’s what 1932 was for Pablo Picasso, annus mirabilis, a year of invention and reflection, at the centre of the exhibition at the Tate Modern. More than one-hundred masterpieces, including sculptures and works on paper, offer the public a look at the prolific and restless master. It was in 1932, in fact, that the Spanish painter created some of his most celebrated works, from the Nude Woman in Red Armchair to Girl before a Mirror - a painting that rarely leaves the Museum of Modern Art of New York to be loaned for exhibitions - from the legendary The Dream, never before displayed in the United Kingdom, to the voluptuous sculptures and the portraits saturated with colour. Next to the canvases, are references to the complex emotional dynamics of the artist’s life - from his relationship with his wife, Ol'ga Chochlova to the impassioned love story with Marie-Thérèse Walter, almost 30 years younger than he - condensed in a gamma of masterpieces without precedent, from public and private collections from around the world. A life divided between the serenity of the country and the folly of the city, from steady loves to wild infatuations, from painting to sculpture, all the intrigue of 1932 for this great master. If the painting of Picasso, as the artist himself wrote, was “an alternative way of keeping a diary”, the exhibition represents a unique opportunity to get a better look at the life of the painter, his success, his private life, during a crucial moment in his career, exploding with energy.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London