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France Receives Nine Picasso Paintings

France Receives Nine Picasso Paintings

Wednesday, 22 September, 2021 - 07:15
Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, flanked by his French friend poet Jean Cocteau (R), cuts his cake for his 75th birthday on October 25, 1956 in Vallauris. - Copyright JEAN MEUNIER/AFP

Nine works by Picasso have been donated to France by his daughter Maya and will enter the national collections at the Picasso Museum in 2022, French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot announced.

"It is with deep emotion that I come to celebrate the entry of these works into the national collections", said the minister who evoked an "exceptional event," according to AFP.

This "dation", which includes six paintings, two sculptures and a sketchbook that belonged to the giant of painting, allows Maya Ruiz-Picasso to pay her inheritance tax in kind.

These works will be presented in their entirety to the public from April 2022.

At the press conference on Monday, 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".

The overall amount of the collection was not specified, with ministers arguing for tax secrecy.

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