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Exhibition Review: Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy from 25 January to 13 April 2020

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The Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition entitled Picasso and Paper which is the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to Picasso’s imaginative and original uses of paper ever to be held. The exhibition brings together over 300 works and covers Picasso’s remarkable 80-year career, the exhibition illustrates the ways in which the artist worked both on and with paper, and provides new insights into this little known aspect of the artist’s work.

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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century and he worked in a large range of mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics and graphic arts.

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The exhibition is organised chronologically and explores all stages of Picasso’s career working with paper and features works like Women at Their Toilette, winter 1937-38, which is exhibited in the UK for the first time in over 50 years; Cubist papiers-collés such as Violin, 1912; studies for his famous work Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907.

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The exhibition features many of Picasso’s drawings, including Self-portrait, 1918 and Seated Woman (Dora), 1938.

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One of the highlights of the exhibition is a number of drawings, displayed alongside closely related paintings and sculptures. La Vie, 1903 , is displayed with preparatory drawings. Picasso’s Cubist bronze Head of a Woman (Fernande), 1909 is exhibited together with associated drawings. The large sculpture, Man with a Sheep, 1943 is displayed together with a group of large ink and wash drawings.

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All through the exhibition is evidence of the enormous range of Picasso’s experimental work over the course of his career. Woodcuts printed by hand, photograms made with Dora Maar and later with André Villers, designs for the ballet, experimental graphic designs and illustrated books.

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Within the exhibition is a room showing the film Le Mystère Picasso of 1955, a documentary showing the artist drawing with with felt-tip pens, some of those original drawings are on show.

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The closing section focuses on Picasso’s last decade which focuses on his work as a printmaker. Drawings, prints and copper plates are displayed near Picasso’s printing press from the period.

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This remarkable and fascinating exhibition offers people the opportunity to understand the creative genius of Pablo Picasso in all its guises. Whilst many people will be familiar with certain aspects of the artist’s career, very rarely do you see the full range of his talent. His relentless and dynamic creativity and experimentation illustrated in the exhibition provides compelling insights into the artist’s working methods and techniques. Whether it is a large painting, sculpture or small paper figures, Picasso creates a very original style that often hypnotises even the casual viewer. Although the title of the exhibition may not set the pulse racing, this is probably one of the most important Picasso exhibitions in recent years.

The exhibition sponsored by the City of Malaga runs from the 25 January to 13 April 2020

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

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