This powerful work is laden with Picasso’s personal recollections of a triangular affair, which resulted in the heart-broken suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas. Love, sex and death are linked in an ecstatic dance.
The Three Dancers
The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy
215.3 x 142.2 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 215.3 x 142.2 cm Tate. Purchased with a special Grant-in-Aid and the Florence Fox Bequest with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society 1965 © Succession Picasso/DACS 2017 ID 24
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth- century. Born in Spain, Picasso began his artistic career in Barcelona before settling in Paris in 1904. He worked in an unprecedented variety of styles and is recognised as a painter, sculptor, etcher, lithographer, ceramist and designer.