Pablo Picasso’s life-long connection with Britain and the impact he had on modernism in the UK is to be explored in an exhibition at Tate Britain.
The show will include over 60 works by the Spanish artist as well as work by Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, David Hockney and others.
Picasso’s work initially attracted great controversy in Britain. Evelyn Waugh, in a letter to the Times in 1945, wrote: “Señor Picasso’s painting cannot be intelligently discussed in the terms used of the civilised masters . . . He can only be treated as crooners are treated by their devotees.”
Picasso first visited London in 1919 to design the sets for Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” and stayed at the Savoy for over two months. “Picasso and Modern British Art”, will run at Tate Britain from February 15 to July 15 2012.