What is Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901?
‘Discover the remarkable story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist –1901. ‘ – The Courtauld Gallery
This ‘tightly focused small’ (The Independent) exhibition focuses on the year that Picasso, aged nineteen, launched his career in Paris. This exhibition would name him the breakthrough artist of the year as well as set him on course to becoming a household name.
Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 reunites the major paintings from Picasso’s debut exhibition – The paintings show a development process that draws influence from Picasso’s life and the other artists who were around at the same time.
The second half of this exhibition shows works from the ‘blue period’ – This occurred in the latter half if 1901 after the suicide of a close friend. Picasso produced a group of paintings with melancholic figures as the focus.
I don’t usually go for this type of exhibition as art has never really interested me. However I wanted to have look, after all it was free entry with my Arts Pass.
I really liked this exhibition. It was limited to two rooms, the art on display was limited to a certain period of time in Picasso’s life and they were labeled nicely with what were the driving forces and meaning/possible meaning behind each painting. The context and story behind each paint was important for me as like I mentioned before, I don’t really get a lot of the symbolism that paintings have.
I really am glad I went. I also had a chance to go around Somerset House and look at other paintings by other artists, as well as appreciate what a beautiful building Somerset House actually is on the inside.