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Picasso exhibition shows transition
• Picasso's 'The Blue Room'
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By Kathryn Richardson
A NEW exhibition following the transformation of Picasso from young artist to master will be displayed in London.
The Courtauld Gallery will display the exhibition called, Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901, which focuses on his breakthrough year.
In May 1901, the 19-year-old left Madrid for Paris, to present his debut exhibition.
Sometimes producing three pieces a day, he worked frantically, in what was a mix between the conventionally old and the dramatically modern.
He stunned critics of his time by producing work that totally unsettled the accepted styles of previous artists from Velazquez and Degas.
In fact, he was in such a hurry to make his mark that the young painter immediately embarked on his second exhibition that was presented later that same year.
These paintings, displayed in the Courtauld’s second gallery, include those such as The Blue Room (above) and are considered the set in which Picasso transformed himself into a master.
The exhibition will give viewers the chance not only to see those canvases rarely loaned out but also to say a final farewell to the infamous Child with a Dove which has recently been sold.
The exhibition will run from February 14 to March 26.
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