Recent acquisitions
two sets of Picasso linocuts

10 January – 6 May 2014

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The British Museum has acquired, with the support of the Art Fund and private donations, two important and unique sets of progressive proofs, along with the finished works, that document the evolution of two linocuts by Pablo Picasso.

The two prints, Still Life under the Lamp and Jacqueline Reading, were both made in 1962, when the artist was over 80. They are counted among Picasso’s most important works in linocut, a technique that he explored in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The progressive proofs trace the step-by-step sequence by which Picasso created his linocut images, showing the development of the image into its final form.

Picasso is the most influential and celebrated European artist of the 20th century and the graphic arts played a hugely important part in his output. These two sets of linocuts highlight his astonishing technical innovation and creativity.

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Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Nature morte sous la Lampe (Still Life under the Lamp). Linocut, 1962. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2013.

Acquired with the support of the Art Fund, the Patrons of the British Museum, James & Béatrice Lupton, the Vollard Group, Hamish Parker, Simon & Virginia Robertson and individual contributions.