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Yorkshire welcomes its first ever exhibition of Picasso linocut prints

PUBLISHED: 00:00 26 January 2017

Still Life Under The Lamp is a perfect example of Picasso’s colour-building technique

Still Life Under The Lamp is a perfect example of Picasso's colour-building technique

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The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley hosts 17 pieces by world famous artist

Jacqueline Reading – Picasso’s linocut rendering of his wife and muse, Jacqueline RoqueJacqueline Reading – Picasso’s linocut rendering of his wife and muse, Jacqueline Roque

Picasso was a prolific man, creating somewhere in the region of 50,000 artworks in his 91 years. They have been displayed all over the world, but never in Barnsley. Until now.

The Cooper Gallery has just launched a free exhibition featuring 17 original ground-breaking linocut prints by the Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright, christened Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso but known across the world simply as Picasso.

This is the first time the famous artist’s work has been displayed in Barnsley, and the first time these linocuts have visited Yorkshire.

Barnsley was chosen as one of only three places in the country to host the exhibition, which is on loan from the British Museum for its inaugural tour of the UK.

Exhibitions officer Sarah Briggs welcomes the Picasso prints to Barnsley’s Cooper GalleryExhibitions officer Sarah Briggs welcomes the Picasso prints to Barnsley’s Cooper Gallery

The artworks have already been on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool, and will go on to be shown in Coventry.

The exhibition pieces include the iconic Still Life Under the Lamp and Jacqueline Reading, which depicts his wife and muse. Both prints were made in 1962, when Picasso was 80 years old.

The artist explored the technique of linocutting in the late 1950s and early 1960s, repeatedly cutting, printing and cleaning just one piece of lino to build up bold and often colourful images.

Sarah Briggs, exhibitions officer at Barnsley Council, said: ‘Picasso is sometimes referred to as the most influential and celebrated European artist of the 20th century so we are incredibly proud that these prestigious works will be on display here in Barnsley.

‘The techniques he employed to create the prints were ground-breaking at the time and this is a fantastic opportunity for people from across Yorkshire to experience original artworks by a world-renowned artist right on their doorstep.’

The exhibition is a real coup for the Cooper Gallery, which has recently undergone an impressive transformation, thanks to a grant of £638,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which has doubled the original space.

Picasso Linocuts runs until April 29th alongside a series of educational talks and activities.

For more information, visit cooper-gallery.com

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