Picasso and Modern British Art at Tate Britain
There are many of Picasso's famous works currently showing at the Tate Britain. Side by side with them are the British artists most obviously influenced by the master. Time and time again the curator includes those wonderful line drawings that remind us that Picasso, like Beardsley and Lear, was at heart a fabulous linesman. We are initially guided by Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group with post-impressionism then Duncan Grant and Cubism have a room to itself. Wyndham Lewis comes in hard faceted and cruel, unlike the gentler Picasso. A room deals with Picasso in Britain with samples of his work for Diaghilev. Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth are shown being inflenecd by Picasso and Braque's Cubism. There are important journals on display in the centre of rooms Cahiers d'Art, Minotaure etc. Henry Moore and Francis Bacon almost copy him
Then the horror of Guernica, not on show of course, but there are many sketches. Are they tears or needles in eyes? Graham Sutherland took off with his 2nd WW painting as a result of Guernica. Hockney is there of course' The gem of the show is Picasso's The Three Dancers.