LONDON (AP) — In 1932, Pablo Picasso was 50 years old and art critics were asking whether he was yesterday’s man.
He proved them wrong with an outpouring of creativity that is charted in an exhibition at London’s Tate Modern gallery.
More than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures, all from 1932, show Picasso’s influences, including his rivalry with Henri Matisse, his interest in surrealism and his passion for younger lover Marie-Therese Walter.
Walter inspired some of Picasso’s greatest portraits, one of which sold at Sotheby’s last week for almost 50 million pounds ($70 million.)
Three nudes of Walter, painted over a five-day period and not displayed together since 1932, are the heart of the show.
The exhibition runs Wednesday to Sept. 9. It previously ran, without the three nudes, at the Picasso Museum in Paris.