REVIEW: Genius: Picasso is a rich portrait of the life and work of Pablo Picasso
The anthology series about some of the most talented individuals who ever lived – Genius – is back with a new muse.
The subject of this year’s Genius is Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, a heavyweight of nineteenth-century art. It sets out to depict both his youthful ascension to fame and his later years during the rise of Nazi Germany.
With the same stylistic swagger as the first season of the series, which detailed the life of Albert Einstein, Genius: Picasso‘s take on the Spanish artist is similarly vibrant. It switches between periods with relative ease, relating the struggle of young Picasso with his self-assured and accomplished older self. These parallels are expertly done, telling the story of those who have influenced the art of one so well known.
One particular achievement is a montage of Picasso creating arguably his most famous piece, Guernica, in 1937. This montage combines processes, colour, music, lighting, texture and sound. It does a magnificent job of providing an insight into the brain of an artistic genius.
The role of Pablo Picasso is shared by Alex Rich and Antonio Banderas, who together paint a rich portrait of a man who is passionate, ambitious and fiercely individual. They are joined by Clémence Poésy, Sebastian Roché, Robert Sheehan, Poppy Delevingne and Aisling Franciosi in what looks set to be an engaging and evocative picture of the artist’s life.
Watch the trailer: