France recovers nine Picassos, ceded by the painter’s daughter to pay her inheritance rights – Liberation


Nine works by the famous Cubist painter will join the collections of the Picasso Museum in Paris in April 2022. A gift from his daughter, Maya Ruiz-Picasso, made as part of a tax arrangement.

Nice brushstroke for the painter, nice sponge stroke on the slate for the girl. As part of a donation, a transaction allowing the payment of inheritance tax in kind, Maya Ruiz-Picasso, first daughter that Pablo Picasso had with Marie-Thérèse Walter, cedes to France nine works of her father. Six paintings, two sculptures and a sketchbook will thus join, in April 2022, the national collections of the Picasso Museum in Paris as part of a tax arrangement.

Only one of these works has so far been presented at a press conference organized on Monday in the presence of Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture, and Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy. Cubist style, in black and white and dated 1938, it is titled Child with pacifier sitting under a chair. According to Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of the artist present alongside his sister Diana, she probably represents their mother Maya as a child, hidden under the furniture, as a dark omen of the coming world conflict.

In the rest of the family collection handed down, there is also a statue made by Picasso in 1945 (The Venus of Gas). Another, Polynesian, is typical of the 19th century anthropomorphic sculptures from the Marquesas Islands that the artist kept like totem poles in his studio. The canvases, on the other hand, include a classic portrait of the painter’s father, Don Jose Ruiz, dating from 1895. The most recent, cubist and baptized Head of a Man, dates back to the summer of 1971.

At their side, a Study for a Mandolin Player in black and white in charcoal and oil (1932), a portrait of Emilie Marguerite Walter (known as Same), Picasso’s mother-in-law, an oil and pencil on canvas dating from 1939, The dummy, cubist oil inspired by the Dwarf by Vélasquez and dating from 1959 and a sketchbook including several studies for the Luncheon on the Grass, inspired by Edouard Manet, whom Picasso admired.

On his Twitter account, Bruno le Maire was moved: “It is an honor for our country to welcome these new works of art by Picasso. They will enrich and deepen our cultural heritage. ”

During the press conference, Roselyne Bachelot, for her part, rejoiced: “It is a great joy to see the national collection enriched, but when it comes to Picasso, the flagship artist of modernity whose work constitutes a world that seems inexhaustible, this joy is obviously twofold”, she added. Neither of them, however, wished to disclose the value of the transferred collection, «secret fiscal» oblige.

For the museum, this is the third donation enriching its exhibitions. Indeed, most of the latter’s works come from two similar fiscal arrangements, one dating from 1979, the other from 1990. The rest also comes from the collection of Dora Maar, the painter’s lover from 1935 to 1945, as well as donations and bequests from friends and relatives. Purchases made by the State are rarer because of the high cost of the works produced by the artist.


Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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