Picasso Portraits - Now open at the National Portrait Gallery

Until February 5th, over 80 portraits by Picasso will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The pictures of the artist’s friends, family and lovers all show the evolution of his style – from his typically realistic pieces he produced as a young boy to the bold abstract portraits he produced towards the end of his life.

As a artist, Pablo Picasso, never worked on commission so he was very experimental with his style, challenging the standard ideas of a portrait. Having no restrictions, he enjoyed complete freedom of expression as he tested new ways to portray his subjects – usually other free-minded persons from his close inner circle.

Portraits include his mistress Marie Therese Walter Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau, Olga and Jacqueline Picasso, Lee Miller and Nusch Eluard and a group of self-portraits are also included.

A number of pieces are on loan from private collections - now to be seen for the first time in the UK.

Click here to watch a preview of the exhibtion

Standard entry into the exhibition is £17 and £8.50 with a National Art Pass.