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By Sarah Ward
May 13, 2018

Picasso: The Vollard Suite

The Spanish artist's 1930s etchings come to the National Gallery of Australia.
By Sarah Ward
May 13, 2018

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. And the National Gallery of Australia is one of the few institutions in the world to boast a complete set, so they'll be putting it from June 9 to September 24.

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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