Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it? — Pablo Picasso

This year the National Portrait Gallery will display more than 80 portraits by Picasso that feature those he knew and loved. The portraits feature his wife Olga Picasso, friend and modernist Jean Cocteau and composer Igor Stravinsky.  The exhibition follows his journey from early realism to cubism, neoclassicism and surrealism, including the famous Woman in Hat (Olga). The exhibition will be the first major presentation of Picasso’s portraiture in 20 years.  

Picasso,  Woman in a Hat (Olga)

Picasso, Woman in a Hat (Olga)


Picasso Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, October 6th 2016 – February 5, 2017