WINSTON Churchill claimed he wanted to kick him up the backside, while Evelyn Waugh signed his letters by calling for his death.
But it is safe to assume a new exhibition will focus on the more positive aspects of Pablo Picasso’s relationship with Briton.
Picasso and Modern Art – at Tate Britain in London – will bring together 60 works by the Spanish artist alongside those of Britons he inspired, including David Hockney and Francis Bacon.
The show, which runs from February 15 – July 15, charts Picasso’s huge impact on the British art scene, despite him only ever having visited the country twice.
One of the masterpieces on display is Guernica, brought to the UK in 1938 to raise funds for the Republicans fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
Other works available to view during the exhibition will be Weeping Woman, The Three Dancers and Nude Woman in a Red Armchair.