Young Picasso

Fascinating and refreshing documentary with such intellectual rigour. On the huge canvas of a cinema screen, this is an unforgettable experience.


Young Picasso

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Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place?

Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris.
Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on the artist, focusing on specific artworks from these early years.

The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods – the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period – the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art –
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to such great heights.

"Engrossing detail and elegance, charged with charm and finesse"
The Guardian

"An illuminating documentary for the art-curious and a legacy film for Picasso enthusiasts"
Film News

"Inspiring. Grabsky keeps coaxing us into refining the way we look at art and the world around us"
The Oxford Times

"Compelling, enlightening and informative"
Mature Times

"A treat to get an artsy fix at the cinema. This is definitely on our cultural hit-list"
Scottish Woman

"The passion with which the interviewees speak of the important times and influences in his life is bound to pique the viewers’ interest"
VultureHound Magazine

"Exciting and unique"
South Wales Argus
Not Rated
Documentary, Culture Vulture, Art & Artists
Phil Grabsky
Andrew Pulver, Guardian

Even with the relatively short time-span this film covers – it finishes with the 1907 proto-cubist painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon – there’s a lot to get through, including the precocious juvenilia and the blue and rose periods, as well as Picasso’s tumultuous personal life.
It’s fascinating to ...

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