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Picasso: The Vollard Suite

Dive deeper into the Spanish artist's output when this travelling exhibition comes to the Ballarat Art Gallery.
By Sarah Ward
December 12, 2018
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Picasso: The Vollard Suite

Dive deeper into the Spanish artist's output when this travelling exhibition comes to the Ballarat Art Gallery.
By Sarah Ward
December 12, 2018
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Pablo Picasso jammed plenty of creativity into his 91-year life, including paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, stage design, plays, poetry and more. During the 1930s, he also etched and engraved a set of 100 pieces, in a series that was named after the art dealer who commissioned them: The Vollard Suite.

Produced over an eight-year period, the collection takes inspiration from stories, tales and myths, as well as the human form, his mistress and politics at the time. In other words, it proves an artistic overview of his favoured themes and fascinations, while also offering an autobiography of sorts. It's the kind of intimate work that gives fans an insight into the Spanish master beyond his more famous pieces. As it happens, Canberra's National Gallery of Australia is one of the few institutions in the world to boast a complete set, and it's being so kind as to send the collection down our way for a spell.

You'll be able to catch The Vollard Suite at the Ballarat Art Gallery for two months from February 22, 2019.

Image: Pablo Picasso, Spain 1881 - France 1973, Minotaure aveugle guidé par une fillette dans la nuit. [Blind minotaur led by a little girl at night.] between 3-7 December and 31 December 1934, or 1 January 1935 from the Vollard Suite (97). Etching and scraper, printed in black ink. National Gallery of Australia. ©Succession Picasso. Licensed by Viscopy, 2017.

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