A collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the Museu Picasso de Barcelona renders an exhibition that explores a subject previously unexamined in detail—the element of caricature in Picasso’s portraits. The show will feature paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures from various periods of the artist’s career. Many of the subjects of Picasso’s portraits, including family members and artists and writers within his circle, were also the inspiration for shrewd caricatures. In order to pinpoint the peculiarities of a subject’s appearance and demeanor, the artist resorted to forms of distortion and exaggeration. Periodically, he even created caricatures of himself. The nature of the relationship between portraiture and caricature, which were among Picasso’s favourite genres, is a key theme of this exhibition.
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