I always like going to the National Portrait Gallery. It helps that our Westminster City Save cards enable us to go to exhibitions for half price. And the exhibition labels are a joy – easy to read and in simple comprehensible text.
The current exhibition, Picasso’s Portraits, is a lovely mixture of Picasso’s paintings, drawings, caricatures, sculptures and sheet metal portraits of Jaqueline Roque , his second wife who lived with him from 1953 until he died in 1973.
For me, the exhibition was a bit thin and I find his distorted portraits like that of Fernande Olivier, shown on the right, much more exciting than his representational art – excellent though it is.
And I missed his portrait of Dora Maar as The Weeping Woman – one of my favourite – though distressing – paintings.