I almost missed Picasso & Modern British Art at the Tate;
I'd been put off by the lukewarm reviews.
It was a strange exhibition. The strand that traced Picasso's work as it made its way to Britain was fascinating ...
But there was another strand examining Picasso's influence on a motley collection of British artists.
Duncan Grant's firescreen, forsooth ... Duncan Grant's firescreen is only fit for firewood. His name should not be mentioned in the same breath as Picasso.
(A friend who went a few weeks ago said to me, "Didn't it make you ashamed to be British!")
The Picassos took my breath away ...
Monumentally powerful, sexy and tender, paintings to make you weep. As I walked around, I wondered why there has never been a great woman artist. When I was younger, I'd have blamed it all on men ... but I don't think you can. There always seems to be something lacking in women's art.