January 18, 2009

Musee Picasso in Paris

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 7:29 am by classicalmusic

When Pablo Picasso died in 1973, having lived most of his life in France, the French government inherited many of his works as payment of death taxes or duties. Some say that the government received the works as a family bequest. However they may have acquired them, the French used the works to establish the Musee Picasso in a large 17th century mansion called the Hotel Sale because it was built by a salt tax collector. The original mansion has been preserved and is a lovely building in its own right.

I am not a great Picasso lover, but for those who are, the museum is a must. The collection portrays the full scope of Picasso’s development, including his Blue, Pink and Cubist periods. What is also very interesting is that the museum houses some of Picasso’s own collections of artworks of other artists.

Not all of the collection is shown at one time so that you can go back many times and find paintings that you hadn’t seen before.

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