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  • Pablo Picasso The Source 1921
    Pablo Picasso, The Source 1921
  • Pablo Picasso, 'Weeping Woman' 1937
    Pablo Picasso
    Weeping Woman 1937
    Oil on canvas
    support: 608 x 500 mm
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax with additional payment (Grant-in-Aid) made with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987© Succession Picasso/DACS 2002
  • Pablo Picasso, 'Nude Woman in a Red Armchair' 1932
    Pablo Picasso
    Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 1932
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1299 x 972 mm
    frame: 1414 x 1081 x 83 mm
    Purchased 1953© Succession Picasso/DACS 2002
  • Pablo Picasso, 'The Three Dancers' 1925
    Pablo Picasso
    The Three Dancers 1925
    Oil on canvas
    support: 2153 x 1422 mm
    frame: 2232 x 1507 x 107 mm
    Purchased with a special Grant-in-Aid and the Florence Fox Bequest with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society 1965© Succession Picasso/DACS 2002

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.