Picasso linocuts

Tour schedule

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight 
24 June 2016 – 8 January 2017

Cooper Gallery, Barnsley 
21 January 2017 – 30 April 2017

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry 
9 September 2017 – 3 December 2017

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Recommend this exhibition

In 2014 the British Museum acquired, with the support of the Art Fund and private donations, two important and unique sets of progressive proofs. Together with the finished works they document the evolution of two linocuts by Pablo Picasso. The two prints, Still Life under the Lamp and Jacqueline Reading, from 1962, made when the artist was over eighty years old, are counted among Picasso’s most important works in linocut. The exhibition also features prints from the Nude Woman at the Spring set, made the same year.

His experiments with the technique in the late 1950s and early 1960s were made in collaboration with Hidalgo Arnèra, a talented local printer at Vallauris in the south of France where Picasso was living.

The prints show the ‘progressive’ process of linocutting that Picasso employed. The artist would cut, print and clean just one piece of lino over and over again to gradually build up an image and create the finished article. This reductive technique also meant it was impossible to reproduce the previously created image afterwards and is considered a progressive break with the established method of linocutting. This wonderfully bold and colourful exhibition will be touring to three venues across the UK.

The exhibition was developed in partnership between the British Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery and is generously supported by the Dorset Foundation.

Picasso linocuts

Image credit: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Nature morte sous la Lampe (Still Life under the Lamp). Linocut, 1962. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016. 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.