Exhibition room 5. Late Work

During Picasso’s last decades, his great fame and commercial success prompted doubts about his artistic achievements. His reputation as the leading artist of the twentieth century became controversial, and painting seemed less important for contemporary art.

In the years following Picasso’s death, however, the remarkable freedom of his late technique and his courageous depiction of old age have caused his last work to be widely acclaimed.

Reflections on this image of Picasso as an artist known more for his celebrity than for his art coexist in the work of some artists that consider Picasso’s late style as a precedent for combining traditional painting techniques with the crude marks of graffiti.