Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite

The British Museum is always a fantastic place to visit, with a wealth of wonderful objects from all around the world and throughout the ages. I have lived in London all my life, and have visited the British Museum regularly since I was a child, every visit I will always find  something new to catch my eye. Apart from the permanent collections, the British Museum has a changing calendar of special exhibitions and displays. One of my favourite display rooms is Room 90 Prints & Drawings, where presently being exhibited is a famous set of etchings, The Vollard Suite by Picasso. I saw this exhibition recently and came away extremely impressed by the bold draughtsmanship of the etchings, by the energy, movement and emotion that Picasso imbues in such a simple thing as a drawn line.


For me some of the most powerful prints featured the Minotaur and the violently embracing figures.

Coupling. I from the Vollard Suite
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
November 2, 1933, printed 1939. Etching and drypoint, plate: 7 13/16 x 10 15/16″ (19.8 x 27.8 cm); sheet: 13 3/8 x 17 1/2″ (34 x 44.4 cm). Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund. © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

PICASSO Pablo,MINOTAUR CARESSANT UNE DORMEUSE, from the Vollard suite,Sotheby’s,New York

There is also a podcast available which includes Andrew Graham Dixon reviewing the exhibition on Front Row BBC Radio 4, which is quite an interesting listen, here is a link to it, his review is at the end of the podcast:



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