February 14, 2013, 7:31 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Many exhibitions are dedicated to the genius and fame of Pablo Picasso's paintings, but this year, the Courtauld Gallery on London's Strand focuses on the year which made the artist's name.
Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901, is the latest exhibition by the small but much-admired gallery which always punches far above its weight and size. The event, which opens on Valentine's Day, 14th February, and runs until May, focuses on the story of the artist's remarkable breakthrough year as he switched from Barcelona to Paris.
On 24th June 1901, Picasso's first major exhibition opened at a gallery on rue Lafitte in Paris; and it was this seemingly small moment which marked the beginning of Picasso's meteoric rise to becoming one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
Paris 1901 takes that year as its focus and gives visitors an opportunity to experience the artist's very first masterpieces which mark the beginnings of his famous 'blue period'. Open from 10am, there will plenty of opportunity to catch the exhibit, between now and 26th May.
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