Pablo Picasso

Lee Miller (1937)

About this artwork

Lee Miller was an American photographer whose beauty and charm captivated the Surrealist Group. She and her future husband Roland Penrose were friends of Picasso. While they were holidaying with Picasso in the south of France, the artist made five paintings of Lee Miller, all of which were done from memory and sketches. Penrose felt that it perfectly captured Miller's vivid beauty and vitality. However the true test came when he showed it to his two-year-old son Tony for the first time - his instant cry of delight was 'Mummy, Mummy'.

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

The son of an artist, Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, and studied at art school in Barcelona. He visited Paris in 1900 and after several extended stays settled there in 1904. Picasso was a hugely prolific and highly influential artist who worked in numerous styles throughout his life. However, it is probably for his cubist paintings that he is known. Their revolutionary treatment of subject matter, whether still life or portrait, is instantly recognisable as being by Picasso. The Gallery of Modern Art has a small, but choice collection of Picasso's work, including a 'Blue Period' painting, a cubist collage, two still life paintings, two drawings, several prints and some notable loans.