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Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

  • National Portrait Gallery Saint Martin's Place London, WC2H 0NN United Kingdom (map)

The National Portrait Gallery's major autumn 2016 exhibition traces the development of Pablo Picasso through the portraits he painted throughout his life – from child genius to the most famous artist in the world. Featuring around 80 works, the show reveals the many ways in which he captured a sitter's likeness and rewrote the rules of portraiture – through caricature, formal study and spontaneous expression, sometimes from memory. Expect masterpieces such as his cubist portrait of his art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as portraits of Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau and Jean Cocteau among paintings of Picasso's acquaintances, friends, family members and lovers.