Explore the early years of modernist pioneer Picasso, whose ties to the 19th century informed how he perfectly captured the transition into 20th-century modernism.

As one of the 20th century’s most formative artists, it’s easy to forget that Picasso’s life began in the 19th century. While he was undeniably modern and a pioneer of the modernist art movement, he was raised a Victorian – this duality would remain prevalent throughout his life, and many believe to be the key to his genius. As an artist he recognised that the world was going through a period of permanent transformation under the pressure of modernisation, and the tension between history and modernity would be peppered through his work for years to come.

This exhibition follows the early years of Picasso’s life from 1896-1914, as a teenager in Malaga, Spain to his rise to fame as a leader of the avant-garde in Paris, France. A mixture of rarely-seen and familiar paintings, drawings and prints by the artist will be displayed alongside his greatest inspirations – Monet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Gaugin and Redon – exploring his adventures in Impressionism, Symbolism, Post-Impressionism and Cubism.

By spending his early years taking inspiration from the art world around him and exploring varied cultures and skills, Picasso developed a rich visual language that remains unique and distinctive to this day.

Prints & drawingsPainting19th century artModern artEast Anglia

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University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ

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