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Paris and London to host an exhibition of Picasso's 'year of wonders'

Paris and London are set to host an exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s ‘year of wonders,’ which will take visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932. This is the year that the artist was in the throes of an affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, and he was inspired by his happiness to create over 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper.

Le Rêve (The Dream) by Pablo Picasso. Image: Tate
Le Rêve (The Dream) by Pablo Picasso. Image: Tate Modern

The exhibition is called Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, and it takes visitors through what was an extraordinary year for Picasso. He created some of his best-loved works, and cemented his celebrity status as the most influential artist of the early 20th century. Over the course of this year, he created confident colour-saturated portraits and surrealist drawings, developing ideas from the voluptuous sculptures he made at his newly-acquired country estate.

Girl Before a Mirror. Image: Pablo Picasso
Girl Before a Mirror. Image: Pablo Picasso

More than 100 works will be exhibited in London and Paris, including the famous Le Rêve (The Dream), a desire-filled painting of Marie-Thérèse that has never been shown before in the UK. Also being loaned is Jeune Fille Devant un Miroir (Girl Before a Mirror), which belongs to MoMA in New York and rarely travels.

The Tate Modern art gallery, former Bankside power station
The Tate Modern art gallery, former Bankside power station. Image: Eric Nathan/Getty Images

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will run at the Musée National-Picasso, Paris, from 10 October 2017 to 11 February 2018 and the Tate Modern, London, from 8 March to 9 September 2018.

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