Events | Modern Love – Picasso’s Women

Modern Love: ‘Goddesses & Doormats’ – Picasso’s Women

  • Location: The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ, T: +44 (0203) 8282188
  • Date: 13.03.18 | 7:30pm
  • Book Now: Please note that this is a Soho House members only event unless a guest of Nick Nelson at Arcadia Education

Talk Information: 

‘Modern Love – “Goddesses & Doormats” – Picasso’s Women’


An Illustrated Talk by Nick Nelson Director of Arcadia Education, 13th March 2018, The Ned, LONDON

Picasso’s artistic output was almost as voracious as his well-documented appetite for women. More often than not, his polygamous affairs ended more painfully for the women concerned. Major stylistic shifts were often precipitated by a change of mistress or wife.

Paradoxically, the guru of Modernism referred to women as either ‘goddesses’ or ‘doormats,’ portraying them as such, from Dora Maar and Françoise Gilot to Eva Gouel and Olga Kukhova. Depictions vary from the quiet submissive nature and youthful beauty of Marie-Thérèse Walter in ‘The Dream’ to the femmes fatales of his infamous ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ canvas in the MoMA, NYC.

This talk is designed to coincide with the Ey Exhibition, ‘Picasso – Love, Fame, Tragedy’ at the Tate Modern, 8 Mar – 9 Sep 2018. 


For further information about booking this event please contact:

Robina Lamche-Brennan | Member Events Program Manager, The Ned