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Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite

Art & Design

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.