Tate Modern will be staging a new show on the most inventive period in Pablo Picasso's life
Set to draw in massive crowds, the show will focus on an “extraordinary” and “pivotal” 12 months in 1932, when Picasso was at the height of his powers.
More than 100 of the artist's paintings, sculptures and works on paper from collections around the world will go on display.
The Tate Modern exhibition on Picasso, who is widely acknowledged to be the most important artist of the 20th Century, opens its doors next year.
“Sexually charged” paintings from the time show the presence of the secret woman in Picasso's life, Marie-Therese Walter, 28 years his junior.
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Other portraits reveal Picasso's feelings of pride and tenderness for his family, his wife Olga Khokhlova and their 11-year-old son Paulo.
Highlights will include the signature painting Girl Before A Mirror, and The Dream, a “masterpiece” depicting the artist's muse in ecstatic reverie, which has never been exhibited in the UK.
The year 1932, when Picasso was 50, also saw a group of Paris dealers beat international rivals to stage the first retrospective of the Spanish artist's work.
Picasso's The Dream, a "masterpiece" depicting the artist's muse in ecstatic reverie
It was the year in which Picasso's “paintings reached a new level of sensuality and he cemented his celebrity status as the most influential artist of the early 20th Century”.
Picasso was at the height of his creative powers in 1932, producing some of his best-loved works.
It was a time when Picasso's life was “divided between countryside retreat and urban bustle, established wife and recent lover, painting and sculpture, sensuality and darkness,” Tate Modern said,
But the year ended traumatically when Marie-Therese fell seriously ill after swimming in the river Marne, losing most of her blonde hair.
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In his final works of the year, Picasso transformed the event into dramatic scenes of rescue and rape.
The show will feature several works which smashed records at auction and are currently held by private owners.
When Picasso's masterpiece, Les Femmes d'Alger – a painting not from 1932 – sold for £115 million in New York in 2015, it smashed the record for a painting sold at auction
Tate Modern exhibitions director Achim Borchard Hume, who is co-curating the show, said: “Picasso famously described painting as 'just another form of keeping a diary'.
This is the first solo exhibition of Picasso's work held at Tate Modern
“This exhibition will invite you to get close to the artist, to his ways of thinking and working, and to the tribulations of his personal life at a pivotal moment in his career.
“By showing stellar loans from public and private collections in the order in which they were made, this exhibition will allow a new generation to discover Picasso's explosive energy, while surprising those who think they already know the artist.”
The first solo exhibition of Picasso's work held at Tate Modern has been organised in collaboration with the Musee National-Picasso, Paris, where it will also go on show in 2018.
The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will run from March 8 to September 9, 2018 at Tate Modern in the Eyal Ofer Galleries.
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