Artwork of the Week – Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso. The Studio 1955 L'Atelier. Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994

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Liverpool artwork of the week 2010-21. ‘The Studio’ 1955 (L’Atelier) by Pablo Picasso in ‘Picasso: Peace and Freedom’ at Tate Liverpool 21 May – 30 August 2010.

It has to be Picasso this week as the new exhibition has just opened. There are so many excellent pieces but this is one of my favourites.

This painting depicts the studio at ‘La Californie’, the large Art Nouveau villa near Cannes where Picasso and his partner Jacqueline Roque moved in the summer of 1955. In October and November of that year Picasso depicted his studio twelve times. The room is empty but Picasso’s presence is strongly felt in his tools and the sculpted head on a modelling stand. The studio had been a favourite subject for his friend and rival Henri Matisse, and it has been suggested that this series was a direct response to the artist’s death the previous year.

(From the display caption September 2008)

Picasso: Peace and Freedom
at Tate Liverpool
21 May – 30 August 2010
Admission £10 (£8 Concessions)

A major exhibition bringing together over 150 works by Pablo Picasso from across the world is presented at Tate Liverpool. Picasso: Peace and Freedom reveals a fascinating new insight into the artist’s life as a tireless political activist and campaigner for peace, challenging the widely-held view of the artist as creative genius, playboy and compulsive extrovert.
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