Review Round Up: Picasso’s Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers – but what have critics been saying about it? 

Self-portrait by Pablo Picasso, 1896, Museu Picasso, Barcelona. (c) Succession Picasso/DACS, London, 2016.

The Guardian: *** “This tame exhibition sells his radical genius short.”

The Telegraph:**** “But there are marvellous things all the way through, more than enough to make this one of the year’s must-see shows.”

The Upcoming: *** “Nevertheless, there are some fantastic and unexpected works in Picasso Portraits, and the exhibition achieves its aim to show a new side to this much-loved artist.”

The Times: *** “This sound but seldom dazzling show is notably missing some of the artist’s great works.”

Evening Standard:  ***** “This show, which anyone might want to visit again and again, exposes a side of Picasso’s output that isn’t often highlighted.”

Culture Whisper: **** “What you take away from this show is Picasso’s ability to express emotion pictorially.”

City Am: ***** “The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition is thoroughly impressive.”

London Visitors: “This intriguing and entertaining exhibition will allow visitors to see the many sides of Picasso and consider his talent in a wide range of media.”

Picasso Portraits will be on display until the 5th February 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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