Exhibition review: Becoming Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Self-Portrait (Yo – Picasso), 1901 Oil on canvas, 73.5 x 60.5 cm Private collection

Picasso’s creative breakthrough in Paris in 1901 is charted in an intelligent and focused exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery. It demonstrates how the artist developed his personal style and artistic identity by taking on and transforming the styles and subjects of major modern artists of the age, including Van Gogh, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, and features pictures which marked the start of what was later called his Blue period, and his emergence as a major artistic force of the twentieth-century.

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