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Picasso’s turning points: tribal art


Thursday 20 February 2020
11am — 12pm

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Picasso and Paper

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Pablo Picasso, Five Nudes (Study for Les Demoiselles d'Avignon), 1907.

Watercolour on wove paper. 17.5 x 22.5 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art: A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952 Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art © Succession Picasso/DACS 2019.

Discover how the aesthetics of tribal art influenced Picasso to rethink his process and style.

In this 50-minute talk, hear how African and Oceanic sculpture became a powerful influence in Picasso’s work, influencing the repainting of his major work Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). How radical was this departure from the traditions of Western art? How did Picasso’s new style and subject matter influence the later stages of his career and the work of other artists around him?

This event will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Speaker: Dr Marilyn McCully is a Picasso specialist, and has organised many international exhibitions, including Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay (Royal Academy, 1998-99) and, most recently, Picasso Tableaux Magiques (Musée national Picasso-Paris, 2019).

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Cleveland Museum of Art in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

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Thursday 20 February 2020

11am — 12pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£10, £6