PAINTING – Nine works by Picasso have been sold to France by his daughter Maya, 86, and will enter the national collections at the Picasso Museum in 2022, French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot announced on Monday, September 20.

“It is with deep emotion that I come to celebrate the entry into the national collections” of this donation, said the minister, who spoke of an “exceptional event”.

This “donation”, which includes six paintings, two sculptures and a sketchbook that belonged to the painting giant, thus enables Maya Ruiz-Picasso to pay her inheritance rights in kind.

The works of the Spanish artist who died in 1973 will be presented in their entirety to the public from April 2022.

At the press conference at the Picasso Museum in Paris, only one work was shown to the press: a cubist painting from 1938 called “The Child with the Lollipop Sitting Under a Chair”. According to Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Picasso and present at the press conference alongside his sister Diana, this painting represents his mother Maya.

Among the other works in this collection is a portrait of Don José Ruiz, the father of Pablo Picasso. This is the oldest painting in the collection, dating from 1895.

Accompanied by “A Study for a Mandolin Player” (1932), a portrait of Emilie Marguerite known as “Mémé”, as well as the sculpture “La Vénus du gaz” and the Oceanian statuette Tiki, specifies Le Figaro.

The overall amount of the collection was not specified, as ministers argue for tax secrecy.

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