Visitors to Tate Modern from March 2018 will be offered a unique opportunity to view some of the most important paintings Picasso ever made. It includes three works featuring the artist’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter which have not been shown together since 1932, the year they were created. Made over the course of only five days Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, Nude in a Black Armchair and The Mirror will be reunited as a highlight of The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy. Each painting is an exceptional loan to Tate Modern, originating from private collections across the globe, offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience these outstanding works together.
These three paintings will be reunited for the first time since Picasso’s first full-scale retrospective held at the Galeries Georges Petit in Paris and the Kunsthaus in Zurich 85 years ago. They are celebrated for their role in reaffirming Picasso’s place at the centre of the art world in the early 20th century. Their bold colours and decisive lines describe a sleeping young woman, now instantly recognisable as the artist’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter with whom he had begun an affair five years earlier, but unknown to viewers at the time. Walter’s horizontal form dominates the lower half of each composition, her head tipped back and the fluid lines of her profile reflecting the gently curving leaves of the philodendron plant in the background.
Picasso embarked on these paintings after an extraordinarily productive start to the year during which he painted such breath-taking works as Rest, Sleep and The Dream. Having recently turned 50 with his first retrospective looming, Picasso was determined to prove his creativity and assert his standing in the contemporary art world against rivals including Matisse. In only five days from Tuesday 8 until Saturday 12 March 1932 he produced these three extraordinary paintings, followed two days later by the iconic Girl Before a Mirror, which will also be on loan to Tate Modern from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For the first time in 85 years all of these works and more will be shown together, allowing visitors to chart the boundless creativity of this remarkable year in Picasso’s career.
The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will open from 8 March to 9 September 2018 at Tate Modern.
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