The National Portrait Gallery co-organised this exhibition with the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, which owns the largest collection of early and formative works by the painter. In total, over 80 works will be displayed with the support of other international establishments and private collectors, portraying the artist's own family, friends and lovers (Guillaume Apollinaire, Carles Casagemas, Santiago Rusiñol, Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky, Dora Maar and Lee Miller) over his lengthy career.
From the early realist paintings to the Deconstruction, you will grasp how Picasso's various pictorial periods are directly linked to his private life. From 1923's Portrait of Olga in an Armchair to 1935's Woman with Hat, it will take you from passionate love to tough breakups… transcribed in his art from a certain classic inclination to the cubist experiments, caricatures of both style and subject.
National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
From 6 October 2016 to 5 February 2017
Buy tickets online at www.npg.org.uk/whatson/picasso-portraits/tickets.php
Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Night openings on Thursday and Friday, until 9:00 p.m.