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Visit to Tate Modern’s Picasso 1932 Exhibition Friday 23rd March 2018

Friday 23rd March 2018

Our visits team organised another successful gallery visit and lecture in March 2018, this time to Tate Modern for the exhibition entitled ‘Picasso 1932. Love, Fame, Tragedy’.

1932 was a year of an intense creative period in the life of the 20th century’s most influential artist. He produced some of his most exuberant and sensual portraits, inspired by his 22-year-old lover and muse Marie-Thérèse Walther. Here she is ...

Before visiting the exhibition, we had the benefit of a lecture by one of our favourite Arts Society lecturers Frank Woodgate in the Starr Auditorium of Tate Modern, in which he explained the context and symbolism of those paintings, and helped us interpret other, very different works produced by Picasso later that year on the subjects of crucifixion and drowning. Sculpture was another important creative activity of 1932. Picasso created a sculpture gallery in the 18th century château of Boisgeloup in Normandy, purchased in 1930. In June of that year, he also curated an exhibition of his own work in Paris, including his paintings of Marie-Thérèse and also older ones of his wife Olga Picasso in a less abstract style. We learnt and saw much that was new about this artist who painted straight from the heart.

Stephanie Reynard