14 Dec, 2011 @ 13:12
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Unseen Picasso etchings to be shown in London

THEY are arguably the 20th century’s most important and prized etchings, never before seen in public.

But now the 100 prints that make up Picasso’s complete Vollard Suite – described by the Malaga born artist as his ‘visual diary’ – are to be shown in London.

It comes after businessman Hamish Parker donated 1.5 million euros to the British Museum in honour of his late father.

The etchings are a visual diary of the Spanish artist’s life with his 17-year-old mistress and muse, Marie-Therese Walter, who is heavily featured posing mostly in the nude.

She later became the inspiration for some of his most famous work – and caused the downfall of his marriage.

The complete Vollard Suite will go on show at the British Museum next summer.

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