The curator of a Tate Liverpool exhibition devoted to Picasso has delivered the first in NUA’s 2010-11 season of city lectures. Professor Lynda Morris’s lecture, entitled Picasso: Peace and Freedom, discussed her research into the politically motivated works of the Spanish artist and was attended by students, alumni, staff and invited guests.
The John Jarrold Trust representative Caroline Jarrold, Professor Lynda Morris and NUA Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last
Professor Morris, who also holds the University College’s Chair in Art History & Curation and is curator of The Gallery at NUA, based her research over the last four years on the ‘Political Papers’ in the Picasso Archive at the Musee Picasso in Paris. She presented a new account of Picasso, very different to the idea of Picasso as a playboy and womaniser.
Professor Morris says: “He joined the French Communist Party at the time of the Liberation of Paris in late 1944 and he remained a member until his death in 1973. He was an important funder of the Spanish Republican movement in exile. His image of the Dove of Peace became the symbol of the post war peace movement from 1949 onwards.
“Picasso’s political papers suggest he moved to live in the South of France to be close to Spain and the Spanish refugees in the area. He was funding orphanages and hospitals for Spanish Republicans on the boarder between France and Spain. The papers also suggest interpretations of Picasso’s late works as political satires on events from the Algerian Uprising, Spain under Franco to the Cuba Missile Crisis.”
Invited guests gather ahead of the Picasso: Peace and Freedom city lecture
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