The British Museum has made a final purchase of a Picasso prints to round out its collection of 550 images by the 20th century’s peerless master.
The 19 new works revealed were made between 1947 and 1957 and include some of the famous depictions of his muse, Françoise Gilot, the mother of his children Paloma and Claude, made in the south of France as their relationship flowered and then faded.
“This is the last important gap to be filled in the British Museum’s representation of Picasso’s print work,” said Stephen Coppell, curator of the modern collection in the museum’s department of prints and drawings. “It is very important that we were able to acquire this work. It is one of the greatest achievements in graphic art.”