0403 GMT October 14, 2019
'Picasso Portraits', which opens on October 6, will display more than 75 works from all phases of the Spanish painter's career, BBC reported.
NPG Director Nicholas Cullinan said the exhibition would demonstrate Picasso's 'extraordinary range'. It will feature well-known masterpieces as well as works never seen in the Britain. The latter includes a cubist portrait from 1910 of the German art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago.
The exhibition will run in London until February before moving on to Spain's Museu Picasso, Barcelona, from March to June 2017.
The Museu Picasso's director Bernardo Laniado-Romero described Picasso as 'a breaker of rules'.
He said the choice of portraits would show a 'different Picasso' and that humor would be a key element.
"It will be an exhibition full of surprises for the public at large," he said. "One of the pleasures is to be able to be able present a number of works that are not well known."
'Picasso Portraits' is the first large-scale exhibition devoted to the subject since the shows Picasso and Portraiture show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Grand Palais, Paris, in 1996.
Elizabeth Cowling, the curator of the new show, said she had left out some famous Picasso works because she thought they saw the artist 'engaging with a different tradition, not the tradition of portraiture'.
But she was excited at the loan of the cubist portrait of Kahnweiler saying: "It's hardly ever left Chicago and we were absolutely thrilled to get it."
The exhibition will open with a series of self portraits, showing the change in Picasso's style from his early realist work when he was a teenager at the end of the 19th Century.