Young Picasso

Filmed as always with the elegance, this film travels in Picasso’s footsteps from Málaga to Paris via Barcelona and Madrid, accompanied by the usual variety of curatorial talking heads – with the bonus of Picasso’s grandson Olivier, who charmingly refers to him as “Pablo” throughout.

It’s fascinating to see the loosening of the straits as Picasso moved from traditional figure painting, to freer, more radical work with colour and form.
The Guardian

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: Málaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Málaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.

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.


UK 2019, 91 min, rated G
Directed by Phil Grabsky

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