Photo by Caterina Barjau
This is a reminder that the Museu Picasso is not just for tourists.
Spending a few hours perusing the permanent collection, from the master’s earliest sketches and paintings to the rooms that house Picasso’s creative fixation with Velázquez through his fascinating and various interpretations of Las Meninas, makes you wonder why you don’t go more often. And now there are two more reasons to visit this beautiful palace.
Currently, there is a re-exhibition of Picasso’s ceramic works, gifts to the museum by his last wife, Jacqueline Roque. The two met when Jacqueline was working in a ceramic studio in Madoura; Picasso was so inspired by Jacqueline that he pursued her by painting a dove on her house and bringing her a rose each day for six months. She became his lover and his muse and they formed a relationship that lasted two decades, until his death in 1973.
The pieces in this collection exemplify an area of Picasso’s work that many people are not entirely familiar with, but true to Picasso’s ingenuity, form an interesting and important part of the artist’s creative output.
Not displayed in its entirety since first donated by the artist’s wife back in 1982, this collection of 41 pieces of ceramic are accompanied by lithographs and photographs from the artist’s private collection as well as a catalogue by Marilyn McCully and Michael Raebum, experts in Picasso’s ceramic works, which details each piece included in the collection.
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