Picasso Prints

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London

Event location:
The British Museum, Great Russell Street
When:Event passed!
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Thu 3rd May 2012 to
Sun 2nd Sep 2012

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Where:British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:Open daily 10am - 5:30pm and till 8:30pm on Fridays
Picture of Picasso Prints

About the event

Discover Picasso’s most important set of prints in this exciting new show.

The Museum has recently acquired a complete set of Picasso’s Vollard Suite – 100 etchings produced by Picasso between 1930 and 1937. This is the only complete Vollard Suite held by a public museum in the UK. The exhibition will display the suite alongside classical sculpture, Rembrandt etchings and Goya prints – all influences on Picasso in this body of work.

The predominant theme of the suite is the Sculptor’s Studio – 46 of the 100 etchings reflect Picasso’s developing interest in classical sculpture. The prints were made when Picasso was involved in a passionate affair with his young muse and model, Marie-Thérèse Walter, whose presence is another recurrent theme in the series. The focus on classical linearity and the studio alternate with darker, violent forces, represented by scenes of brutal passion and by the Minotaur, the mythical half-man, half-bull which became central to Picasso’s personal mythology.

The suite is named after the avant-garde Paris art dealer and print publisher Ambroise Vollard, for whom Picasso produced the etchings. The final three prints in the series are portraits of Vollard himself.

This is a rare opportunity to see perhaps the most important set of prints made in the 20th century by one of the world’s most popular artists.

Official Link: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

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