From academic precision to abstract and avant-garde, Picasso’s art can be seen retrospectively as a vanguard of modern expression. Nowhere is this pivotal role more present than in Picasso’s portraits, which share an unrivaled intimacy despite their increasingly abstract – and at times playful – renderings. Picasso Portraits, on view now at London’s National Portrait Gallery, is spotlighting this aspect of Picasso’s career through a remarkable array of works. From simple sketches to showstoppers, Picasso Portraits is an ideal primer for the person seeking enlightenment as to artist’s passion for the human form. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery remains on view until 5 February 2017, but the catalogue of the same title will be an enduring presence in your library.