Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy
Hot on the heels of the Charles I exhibition – and on a beautiful Spring day – Tate Modern was the delightful backdrop for one of my most eagerly awaited exhibitions of 2018 or any year for that matter – Picasso 1932, Love, Fame, Tragedy.
Suitably accompanied by that doyen of the canvas, Mr Rohan Voo we strode eagerly towards the entrance and the initial room that contained some of the most gorgeous works by any artist.
First of all what struck us most was the colour! Each canvas was bright and daring, each brushstroke possessed with a confidence that only a great master can portray. We carefully inspected each work, marvelling at the audacity, and we couldn’t help to notice the Artist’s preoccupation with sex. It was almost an obsession. It gave me cause to reflect on how skewed Picasso’s relationships with the opposite sex were. Especially how he viewed women generally. I think he loved women, but had a slightly objectified view. It’s important to note that without this inherent conundrum, we would be bereft of some of the greatest masterpieces of 20th Century Art. The sheer genius of Picasso was totally evident. All these works, assembled from the same year – 1932, was in fact, very humbling.
Always risky and edgy, it took a great deal of time to assimilate all the images and hence to try to put them into some cohesive structure in my mind. There were several masterpieces on view, to view just a couple, check out:
Two of my particular faves are Nude, Green Leaves and Bust and the rather priapic The Dream. Telephone numbers if you ever wanted to buy them. Personally speaking, Picasso is the greatest master of the abstract, a genius of the canvas. The fact that he was able to create such works and to be so different is what truly sets him apart from any other of his contemporaries.
In conclusion, it was a great day, a great exhibition, accompanied by a great friend – you can’t ask for more.
It’s on until the 9th September 2018 and the exhibition catalogue is well worth purchasing, the colour palette alone is worth the price!