Young Picasso

BUY TICKETS 7.30pm Tuesday 12 March

ART FILM by Phil Grabsky for Exhibition on Screen

Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how the great artist Pablo Picasso rose to great heights.

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements.

Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods – the Blue Period and the Rose Period – the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old.

The Exhibition on Screen strand makes one of its occasional forays into the 20th century with this account of the early years of one of modernism’s founding fathers. Filmed with the elegance and economy that we have come to expect from EiS, this travels in Picasso’s footsteps from Málaga to Paris via Barcelona and Madrid, accompanied by the usual variety of curatorial talking heads – with the bonus of Picasso’s grandson Olivier, who charmingly refers to him as “Pablo” throughout.  Andrew Pulver, The Guardian 

Tickets: Full £11   Adult concessions £10   19-30 £8   18 & under £6
Running time: 1 hrs 25 mins
Doors open: 7pm
Certificate: PG (contains mild sex references and suicide references)