Art lovers will be thrilled to hear that the exhibition schedule for the National Portrait Gallery in London has just been made a little bit more interesting. The gallery has announced its autumn show, which includes an array of Pablo Picasso's masterpieces.
The Picasso Portraits exhibition will take you through the numerous portraits the artist created throughout his lifetime. In total, there are around 80 different portraits for you to explore, giving you a great day out and a chance to see how his techniques developed over the years.
Pictures will take you from portraits he created in his early life when he was described as a child genius, to the years before his death, which is when he was thought to be the most famous artist in the world. This will allow you to see the transition from realistic likenesses to the more abstract works that many people know Picasso for. It also means you'll be able to see how different mediums altered the images he created.
You'll be able to explore the different ways that Picasso managed to capture the likeness of each person sitting for his paintings, even if his techniques are more abstract than traditional portrait artists.
His works include caricatures, spontaneous expression, formal study and some pictures created purely from memory. All in all, the exhibition is varied and incredibly interesting, giving you plenty to explore and discuss.
Included in the exhibition are a number of well-regarded masterpieces, such as Picasso's portrait of his art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, which is on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition also includes Jean Cocteau, Marie-Therese Walter and Dora Maar.
Other portraits are of his friends family, acquaintances and lovers. It also includes a number of highly revealing self-portraits, giving you some insight into the mind of this great artist. Picasso also created portraits and caricatures based on artists of the past, exploring the images with which he identified closely.
Tickets for the exhibition will become available every Friday throughout October for just £5. However, there are only 100 tickets available for each entry, which means you definitely need to buy in advance or risk missing this wonderful show.
Entry to the exhibition will be at either 10am or 10.15am, so you should be ready for an early morning if you're travelling into London to go to the National Portrait Gallery.
How can I get to the National Portrait Gallery?
The morning admission to the gallery can make things a bit more difficult for those travelling into London to see the Picasso's Portraits exhibition. Driving can mean that you have to deal with rush hour traffic before you even get close to the city, which can be incredibly stressful.
On top of this, you'll have to deal with the expensive parking charges, which can make your bargain exhibition ticket suddenly a lot more expensive, especially if you want to ensure you have several hours to explore all the portraits.
Trains can also be fairly busy, with the changes to autumn weather likely to cause delays and cancellations, which puts you at risk of missing your entry slot to the exhibition. You may also find that tickets close to the time are fairly expensive, especially as you have to wait until the Friday ticket release to be sure of being able to attend the exhibit.
You may also find that busy trains mean no seating, leaving you to face an uncomfortable journey standing in the aisle.
Make your trip to the National Portrait Gallery easier by booking a coach seat. Not only does this mean that you are guaranteed a seat, you also won't have to deal with traffic or parking charges. On top of this, you'll have plenty of time to discuss the exhibition on your way home.