Film explores Picasso’s early years as a painter

BRATTLEBORO — Latchis Arts' popular Exhibition on Screen series returns on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 4 p.m., with Young Picasso at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St.

A pioneering series of cinematic films about exhibitions, galleries and artists, Exhibition on Screen takes a fascinating in-depth look at the journey of Pablo Picasso's life and traces his rise to greatness.

Directed by Phil Grabsky, Young Picasso is an extraordinary detective story that looks in detail at the elements that drove one small boy from southern Spain to such heights. Three cities play a key role - Malaga, Barcelona, and Paris - and Young Picasso explores each and illustrates why they were so significant.

In close collaboration with five major European museums, Young Picasso offers unique insight into the artist's masterpieces at each of these remarkable institutions, as well as additional insight from historians, curators, letters from old friends and lovers, and Picasso's great-grandson, Oliver Widmaier Picasso.

This carefully crafted documentary includes two critical periods in Picasso's life - the Blue and Pink Periods - but does not overlook the important formative years before then.

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