5 key Picasso pieces to see around the world

The new Tate Modern blockbuster exhibition might give you some travel inspiration.

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Last updated: 15 March 2018 - 3.21pm

The first solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at the Tate Modern, London, has opened and it’s all focused on the artist’s work from one particularly important year – 1932.

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The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, will run until 9 September and takes visitors through a month-by-month journey of the pivotal year in more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper.

It was the year that cemented his celebrity status as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and the famous works on show include Nude Woman in a Red Armchair and Girl Before a Mirror.

Once you’ve seen it – here’s where to see some of Picasso’s other key pieces around the world…

1. Guernica

See it at: Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art, Madrid

(Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia/PA)
(Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia/PA)

Picasso’s largest anti-war painting was inspired by the Nazi bombing of its namesake town during the Spanish Civil War and made a powerful political statement. It has since become a permanent reminder about the tragedies of war on innocent civilians.

2. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

See it at: The Museum of Modern Art, New York


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This is one of Picasso’s most important paintings because it marks a break in traditional painting composition. Picasso experimented with flat figures, jagged edges and faces inspired by African masks for this piece based on a street in Barcelona famed for its brothel. These changes in style would later help shape Picasso’s Cubism movement.

3. The Old Guitarist

See it at: The Art Institute of Chicago

After the suicide of his close friend Carlos Casagemas, Picasso painted this image of a blind, penniless musician in a style reminiscent of the 16th century artist El Greco. Sadness is expressed through his overwhelming use of the colour blue – it would became his most iconic painting from what became known as the Blue Period. Blind figures can actually be found in several pieces of Picasso’s work.

4. Baboon and Young

See it at: Musée Picasso, Paris



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It’s easy to forget that Picasso wasn’t just a painter. One of his most famous sculptures is a bronze of a baboon with her face made up of two toy cars, which the artist had apparently borrowed from his son Claude. The baboon’s body is made from a pottery jug and the tail from a car spring.

5. Science and Charity

See it at: Museu Picasso de Barcelona

Picasso created this masterpiece at the age of 15 in 1897, following the wishes of his father. It’s one of his earliest paintings on display anywhere in the world, and demonstrates just how much Picasso’s style evolved throughout his life.

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