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8 Pablo Picasso: Le Reve

8 Pablo Picasso: Le Reve (The Dream) 1932. Private Collection. © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2018 THE EY EXHIBITION: PICASSO 1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932, a time so pivotal in Picasso’s life and work that it has been called his ‘year of wonders’. More than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper demonstrate his prolific and restlessly inventive character. They strip away common myths to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness. 1932 was an extraordinary year for Picasso, even by his own standards. His paintings reached a new level of sensuality and he cemented his celebrity status as the most influential artist of the early 20th century. Over the course of this year he created some of his best loved works, including Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, an anchor point of Tate’s collection, confident colour-saturated portraits and Surrealist experiments, including thirteen seminal ink drawings of the Crucifixion. His virtuoso paintings also riffed on the voluptuous sculptures he had produced some months before at his new country estate. In his personal life, throughout 1932, Picasso kept a delicate balance between tending to his wife Olga Khokhlova and their 11-year-old son Paulo, and his passionate love affair with Marie- Thérèse Walter, 28 years his junior. The exhibition brings these complex artistic and personal dynamics to life with an unprecedented range of loans from collections around the world, including many record-breaking works held in private hands. Highlights include Girl before a Mirror, a signature painting that rarely leaves The Museum of Modern Art, and the legendary The Dream, a virtuoso masterpiece depicting the artist’s muse in dreamy abandon, which has never been exhibited in the UK before. Picasso’s journeys between his homes in Boisgeloup and Paris capture the contradictions of his existence at this pivotal moment: a life divided between countryside retreat and urban bustle, established wife and recent lover, painting and sculpture, sensuality and darkness. The year ended traumatically when Marie-Thérèse fell seriously ill after swimming in the river Marne, losing most of her iconic blonde hair. In his final works of the year, Picasso transformed the event into scenes of rescue and rape, a dramatic finale to a year of love, fame and tragedy that pushed Picasso to the height of his creative powers. The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will be open until 9 September at Tate Modern in the Eyal Ofer Galleries. Cecil Beaton: Pablo Picasso, rue La Boetie, Paris © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s. FLOWER FAIRIES: BOTANICAL MAGIC AT THE GARDEN MUSEUM Since they first crept out from behind leaves and flowers in 1918 for the Elves and Fairies postcards, Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies have been enchanting and delighting children and adults alike. A selection of these charming characters will be on display at the Garden Museum this summer in an exhibition which celebrates the centenary of the earliest publication of Cicely Mary Barker’s first fairy illustrations. Continuing to be inspired by fairies Cicely Mary Barker published the first of her Flower Fairies books in 1923. Visitors will see original illustrations for more than 40 of her Flower Fairies designs, drawing extensively from the Warne Archive, Penguin Random House UK. The exhibition demonstrates Cicely’s precision and skill as an artist; the fairies themselves were developed from careful observation of children in her sister’s nursery. The depictions of plants are always botanically accurate, which has contributed to the lasting appeal of the designs. Fairies were experiencing great popularity at the time Cicely first published her works. Most notably, the mystery surrounding the Cottingley fairy photographs which Arthur Conan Doyle published in a sell-out article for The Strand, whilst JM Barrie captured the imagination of a generation in his enduring tale Peter Pan. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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