24th September 2019

Speaker: Valerie Woodgate

Picasso told his biographer, John Richardson, that his work was like a diary – “To understand it, you have to see how it mirrors my life”. This lecture examines the way Picasso’s emotional life influenced what he painted and how he painted it. His response to each new love in his life can be seen in the different styles in which his many women were represented. When he fell out of love, that fact would be revealed first in his paintings. The lecture concentrates on the seven most important women in his life (two of whom he married).

Valerie Woodgate is a Lecturer and Guide in Tate Britain and Tate Modern, and also at many other London galleries. A former member of the teaching team at Dulwich Picture Gallery she is a lecturer and runs courses at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.