The Easel

Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery is an interesting but perverse and surprisingly limiting exhibition

Who is not in awe of Picasso’s virtuosity? But the writer poses an interesting question. These portraits may be great paintings but are they great portraits in the tradition of Velazquez or Rembrandt? “It would be hard to claim psychological depth or exploration of character; Picasso was interested in subjecting his sitters, sometimes almost obliterating them, under the force of his pictorial design.”  More images are here.