Pablo Picasso was undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and also one of the most revolutionary. Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso Paris features 150 works from Picasso’s personal collection, on show for the first time at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The artist himself claimed to be “the biggest collector of Picasso’s in the world,” so it’s little surprise that the Musée National Picasso, which was created from the artists estate, has a myriad of important works close to the artist’s heart.

Curated by Anne Baldassari of the Musée National Picasso and AGNSW’s Edmund Capon, the exhibition features a range of painting and sculptures from his student days to works created just before his death, including the humblest of sketchbooks and several famous masterpieces. It gives viewers an inimitable snapshot of his life, talent and passions, and chronicles his relationship with the six women in his life and their influence.

These works are only available to AGNSW while the Paris museum is under renovation and will never be shown again outside France after the renovations are complete. In addition, the exhibition will be Edmund Capon’s last exhibition as Director of AGNSW, making it a momentous occasion for the Sydney art world.

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso Paris shows at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until March 25 2012.

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