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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This suite of 100 prints comprises significant, exciting and fascinating works in their own right, which go to the very heart of Picasso’s creative mind, and his personal life. Here we see the creative impulses and preoccupations that inspired and drove Picasso, set down, sometimes in just a few expressive lines, on an etching plate. Read my review for OneStopArts here: