Set in the magnificent seventeenth-century Hôtel Salé, the Musée Picasso emerged in 2014 from a major five-year renovation and now has three times as much exhibition space available to display its five thousand paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures and photographs, representing almost all the major periods of the artist’s life from 1905 onwards. Many of the works were owned by Picasso and on his death in 1973 were seized by the state in lieu of taxes owed. The result is an unedited body of work, which, although not including the most recognizable of Picasso’s masterpieces, does provide a sense of the artist’s development and an insight into the person behind the myth. In addition, the collection includes paintings Picasso bought or was given by contemporaries such as Matisse and Cézanne, his African masks and sculptures and photographs of him in his studio taken by Brassaï.

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