The EY Exhibition Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern is titled Love Fame Tragedy
In 1931 Spanish born Picasso (1881 – 1973), turned fifty and was living in France with his Russian wife ballerina, Olga Khokhlova and their son. At this time he was in demand to exhibit his work but was under scrutiny from the critics which put him under immense pressure. He had also begun having an affair with the much younger Marie-Therese who eventually became pregnant with his child in 1935. The birth of his daughter marked the end of his marriage to Olga who subsequently moved away with their son to the South Of France. This created a turbulent time for Picasso.
The EY Exhibition displays various paintings at various stages of Picasso’s life, for example, The Three Dancers, which Picasso painted in Paris after a trip to Monte Carlo with his wife, Olga Khokhlova in June 1925. The painting shows three dancers, the one on the right being half-dark half-light. A dance of death takes place, with the dancer on the left bent at an angle, it is a depiction of a love triangle, people claim the dancers represent people in Picasso’s life.
Picasso sold The Three Dancers to the Tate Gallery in 1965. This was the first painting he ever sold to a museum, and is seen as a symbol of Picasso’s love for Britain.
The Three Dancers holds special memories for me as I studied this in art class at school – we went on a school trip to the Tate to see this amongst other paintings.
Girl Before Mirror painted in March 1932 is of Marie Therese. This was his cubist period, Marie Therese was painted multiple times during the 1930’s by Picasso, including a line drawing titled Sleeping Nude (Marie-Thérèse Walter), 1932.
I chose these three paintings as they caught my eye, in terms of their vibrant colours, composition and energy.