ART | Pablo Picasso Prints, The Vollard Suite . 3 May – 2 September

Discover Spain’s most important Picasso 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.

As the exhibition Picasso: the Vollard suite comes to an end this Sunday, don’t miss out on the fantastic range of accompanying prints and the beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue. Choose from a selection of key etchings from the British Museum’s print collection, or view a unique series of photographs from the artist, his lover and model Marie-Therese Walter, and Ambrose Vollard in this fascinating and comprehensive exhibition guide. This title is the first publication for over 30 years of Picasso’s Vollard Suite and has been stunningly reproduced from specially commissioned new photography. BUY HERE

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.

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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. This landmark acquisition was made possible through the generosity of the Hamish Parker Charitable Trust in memory of the donor’s father, Major Horace Parker.

Venue: Room 90 @ The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG . details here. Opening times (daily) 10.00–17.30

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