Picasso & Modern British Art, room guide

Pablo Picasso The Source 1921

Pablo Picasso, The Source 1921

 © Succession Picasso / DACS 2011

Pablo Picasso, ‘Weeping Woman’ 1937
Pablo Picasso
Weeping Woman 1937
Tate
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2017
Pablo Picasso, ‘Nude Woman in a Red Armchair’ 1932
Pablo Picasso
Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 1932
Tate
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2017
Pablo Picasso, ‘The Three Dancers’ 1925
Pablo Picasso
The Three Dancers 1925
Tate
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2017

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) remains the towering figure in modern art. The innovations of his long career influenced many, if not all, progressive artists in the west. This exhibition examines for the first time the specific relationship between Picasso and British art. It is made up of two interwoven strands.

One strand brings together works by Picasso that were shown and collected in Britain: from the few works seen in Britain before the First World War, through his designs made in London in 1919, works collected between the wars, and the tour of Picasso’s political masterpiece Guernica, to his final establishment in Britain after the Second World War.

Weaving through this are galleries that look at the response to Picasso of seven leading British artists over three generations: Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland, David Hockney. Some knew Picasso personally; most were responding in their own art to his most recent work. Hockney is the one artist who could survey the entirety of Picasso’s achievement. None followed Picasso slavishly and all took something from Picasso as part of the distinctive development of their own art.

This exhibition also reveals the contribution made by British artists, writers and collectors in promoting Picasso and an understanding of his art.

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso in Britain 1910–14

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso in Britain 1910–14

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso & Duncan Grant

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012 Picasso & Duncan Grant

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso & Wyndham Lewis

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012 Picasso & Wyndham Lewis

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso in Britain 1919

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012 Picasso in Britain 1919

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso & Ben Nicholson

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012 Picasso & Ben Nicholson

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso in Britain 1920–39

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso in Britain 1920-39

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso & Henry Moore

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso & Henry Moore

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso & Francis Bacon

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso & Francis Bacon

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso in Britain 1937–9

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso in Britain 1937-39

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso & Graham Sutherland

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso & Graham Sutherland

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso in Britain 1945–60

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso in Britain 1945-60

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso & David Hockney

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso & David Hockney

Picasso & Modern British Art Picasso in Britain: The Three Dancers

Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition at Tate Britain 15 February – 15 July 2012, Picasso in Britain: The Three Dancers