Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

Tate Modern’s Pablo Picasso exhibition focuses on one year of his life, examining in month-by-month detail Picasso’s work over the course of 1932.

It was an extraordinary year in Picasso’s life, so much so that it has been called his annus mirabilis or ‘year of wonders’. The artist was at the height of his fame at this time, holding his first full-scale retrospective in Paris that summer. He was also in the throes of an affair with the much younger Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was the subject of some of his best-loved and most-valued works of art that were created that year.

For its first-ever solo exhibition on the great Spanish painter, the gallery has collected together over 100 artworks that Picasso produced in that year alone.

They include the legendary painting Le Rêve (The Dream), which has never been exhibited in the UK before, as well as Girl Before a Mirror, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a painting that is rarely lent out. Both of these paintings, as well as Nude, Green Leaves and Bust and Nude in a Black Armchair, are of Walter. These sensational nudes of Walter were first shown at the 1932 retrospective.

The show traces Picasso’s artistic development through 1932, showing how his work became darker as the year progressed, a reflection of political events in Europe, with fascism on the rise and a worldwide economic depression. The year ended traumatically for the artist when Walter became seriously ill after swimming in the river Marne, losing most of her blonde hair. Picasso’s final works of the year depict trauma and drama, inspired by Walter’s illness.

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8 March - 9 September 2018


Tate Modern

Opening Hours

Timed exhibition entrance is between:
10am and 4.30pm, Sunday to Thursday (gallery closes at 6pm)
10am and 8.30pm, Friday and Saturday (gallery closes at 10pm).