The Art of Picasso. The EY Exhibition: 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy- Tate London

I love art! Not least for its potential to impact on the feeling of a space but for its ability to communicate a message or an idea. Though I must admit, typically I haven’t always appreciated the deeper meaning behind the life of the artist… instead choosing to concentrate more on how a work of art makes me feel. Well it’s not always about me, is it now?!

For a long time, I have chosen to experience a work of art as an opportunity to change the way we as humans experience a space. Today I still do think like this but…

I also see art as an opportunity to enrich your understanding of an artist, a person. I see it as a way of exploring the complexities of the human mind. As a chance to understand how artists, designers and musicians alike communicate their idea’s.

Jumi Awomosu- The School of Artful Living Picasso EY Exhibition review
I do admire!


Art is everywhere, it’s intermingled within our everyday existence. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not… it lives amongst us unfolding and evolving each and every day of our lives…


“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”


Henri Bergson French philosopher  (1859–1941)


Choosing to create my own interpretations of art based on my personal feelings is in actual fact an art in itself …I still do believe in that… but it’s becoming more and more apparent to me that one must know the story of the artist to truly begin depicting the authentic meaning behind the works.

My recent visit to the Picasso EY 1932 Love, Fame & Tragedy exhibition kind of shifted my way of thinking. I must confess… I’m not usually the most patient of individuals… I can be shifty and fidgety and I’m always jumping from one thing to the next. I love to be in constant stimulation mode whizzing around to see what artful delights my eyes can see next… but this time was different,  I went with my friend Charelle who on the day insisted we get the headphones… and let curators Nancy Ireson and Achim Borchardt-Hume slowly take us through the motions expertly guiding us through each piece one at a time. We were there for hours….

Jumi Awomosu- The School of Artful Living Picasso EY Exhibition review
She does admire!


The works tell a mesmerising story of Picasso’s secret lover …. A passion fuelled affair with 22-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter.  I loved it… not just because I feel I came closer to understanding more about Picasso’s story and the inner workings of his mind but because I realised that as time went on I became more connected to him, I felt his love. I felt his pain, I felt his lust, his anguish, his disgust, his desire for revenge. I felt real human existence all tied up in a sea of emotions, stories and events…


Jumi Awomosu- The School of Artful Living Picasso EY Exhibition review
As you can see Charelle really is enchanted by the art here!

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)


As time goes on and as you move through the exhibition it becomes more and more apparent that there were clear disparities within his own his mental state. The longer you look at his paintings, the more information is revealed to you each and every second in time… the more you look the more you see.  Many of his paintings are seemingly soft and sensual but often there is a darkness lurking underneath the surface cleverly hidden somewhere within the painting. Much of Picasso’s art appears loving and enveloping… a feeling of calm is created through his use of curved lines, his smooth application of paint and his selection of pale pastel tones. In the same breath though there is horror… often there is something cruel and sinister within the undertones of the painting.

You may find yourself wondering… What really happened with him and this woman! … It really is fascinating stuff!

Jumi Awomosu- The School of Artful Living Picasso EY Exhibition review
Fascinating stuff- Love to see how people interact with the art!

Now I don’t want to give too much away as I REALLY, REALLY want you to go and see this one and I really want you to let me know what you think! However, I will say this…

For me, the “art” of Picasso is in his ability to communicate a message in the most subtle and unexpected of ways. You may find yourself feeling shocked… moved, a little bit concerned and maybe even emotionally disturbed!

Whats in a face?

“The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.”

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)


Picasso was a genius! A seemingly troubled, unsettled and pained individual but a genius nonetheless…. If you have even the slightest of interest in art (and even if you don’t) … this exhibition is a must-see. It is NOT to be missed. It’s actually the first ever Picasso exhibition at the Tate and I can comfortably say it changed the way I think about art.

The Picasso EY  1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy exhibition is on till the 9th September 2018 at the Tate gallery in London.

If you haven’t seen it already you must go… and when you do…  let me know what you think! I’ll be waiting!

30 thoughts on “The Art of Picasso. The EY Exhibition: 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy- Tate London

  1. I went to see the exhibition on Thursday! Impressive. I was expecting yet another exhibition about one of his popular phases. But focusing on one year changed everything. And the details about where he painted added more depth. What I like about Picasso is that even though he was trained in classical painting (and was very good at it), he chose to paint in a way that evolved with time and was always innovating.

    1. An innovator he certainly was! It was very interesting! I love the fact that he was confident enough to challenge traditional perceptions about art! So glad you enjoyed this exhibition too … in future maybe we can go together! I look forward to the time! Thanks for the lovely comment!

  2. Hi Jumi, you have made me want to go and see this now ! Several years ago I saw an exhibition of his work in Madrid and it was so interesting to see how it evolved so much over his lifetime.

    1. The one in Madrid sounds amazing!It is definitely worth seeing this one too!! It was simply breathtaking … Please do go and let me know what you think!! Thanks so much for the lovely comment!:-)

  3. I’ve always been mesmerised by him and his work! I went to see his old studio on Montmartre last year (students live in it now) and it was such a beautiful and eerie experience. I could almost see him standing in front of the big glass windows, painting. I feel like he’s not always represented in the best of lights in media thanks to his dark side, but without that side of him his work wouldn’t carry so much passion and strength. Wish I could hop down to London to see it!

    1. WOW! What an amazing story! I love the way you paint a picture with your words! Yes the darker side is what makes it interesting I loved the way the seemingly innocent revealed a darker side to his personality! He truly was an artist!

  4. I really wish I could see this exhibition, I’m sure there is a lot to take in and analyze. I like that you say art is “a way of exploring the complexities of the human mind;” I see it as such too. I love the shapes and pastel tones of the “What is in a face?” piece you posted. Now I’m trying to think of what led to the creation of this painting.

    Thank you for this post. I studied the works of Picasso for an art course and when I visited the Tate Modern in 2015, I found a lot of his painting (pretty thought provoking) and I was as pleased as I expected to be so your post is giving me fond memories. In fact, I’m going to do some more research on the details of this exhibition.

    Great post, Jumi!

    1. Ahh Kathryn so glad you are feeling inspired by this post! Yes please do some research, you may find you are surprised by some of the painting. As always do keep me updated and let me know what you discover 😉 Thanks for commenting!

  5. I’ve never thought about art in this way. Like you, I’ve always focused purely on how it makes me feel, which is odd because when it comes to design I like nothing more than learning about the designer and the design process so I can fully appreciate the product or result of the design. Why should it be any different with art? I guess I’ll need to change my outlook here!

    1. I totally get you! For a long time that was my approach too. I guess with design there is a more seemingly obvious construction of elements and thought processes to create something which is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. But art too is a construction of elements… one which can, in fact can influence products design and interiors too! Great comment! Thank you Stacey!

    1. Pati he really was! and as Juan said classically trained but not afraid to step outside of the traditional! I love it! Thanks for commenting!

  6. I’ve been along too it’s such a wonderful exhibition and loved it’s focused approach – it felt like an art history lesson. I love the quote “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend” – it resonates with me so much.

  7. I am DYING to see this and now you’ve convinced me to go sooner rather than later! Totally agree about the power of art and that’s is understanding depends on the onlooker. Oooh excited now!

  8. I need to go see this! You’ve made me aware that there is definitely more to art than how it makes you and your space feel. Having a better understanding of the artist behind it makes for a more thought-provoking stance. I love finding out about designers behind designs so will definitely be looking at art in this way too!

    1. Ah Maria so glad that you enjoyed it. I think it’s about always keeping the mind open! My friend who was with me on the day mentioned that many stylists, designers and indeed newer artists take inspiration from the works of their predecessors and I certainly agree! When you really think about it… someone like Picasso will be an inspiration to many! Hope you do see it! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  9. Amazing post Jumi!
    I’m soo happy that you enjoyed to the extent it changed your viewpoint!
    I do find that i cannot visit an exhibition now without getting the audio guides because, as you said, you really start to understand the journey of the artist’s mindset and the thoughts, feelings and emotions that each brush stroke took to create the end result. It brings a depth that we wouldn’t have seen before and unlocks our hearts and minds to a more sympathetic view.
    I’m glad i got to experience it with you and I hope to visit many more exhibitions over summer. X

    1. Aww Hun yes we certainly had a good time you were sooo right about the audio guides! Yes, there certainly will be many more! Cheers to that!

    1. Fabulous so glad you enjoyed! In future expect blogposts on the first of every month! In the meantime please do sign up to mailing list!

  10. Hey Jumi,
    It’s a shame I missed this exhibition but thank you for reminding us how art shapes life as much as life shapes art.. 😉 always a pleasure to read your posts! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Mohamed, glad you enjoyed reading this post… though there is still time… this exhibition is on till the 9th of September!!!

  11. I adored this exhibition. Loved the way it narrated just one year of his life and as well as an insight into his process, it was fascinating to see how he had to see himself as a brand/business and the decisions he made. Amazing exhibition!

    1. Aww so glad you went in the end! I know you were dying to see it! Wasnt it amazing! As you know I absolutely loved it too! We could go to one together if you are up for it next time x

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