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Picasso and the Masters of Print - Opening 15th October at The Higgins Bedford

Picasso & the Masters of Print opens at The Higgins Bedford on 15th October 2016; offering a unique opportunity to view some of the most important prints by one of the most highly regarded artists of the 20th century.

 

Renowned for his paintings and sculptures, Picasso was also the twentieth century’s greatest printmaker and the seven prints by Picasso held at The Higgins Bedford spectacularly showcase the varied printmaking techniques that he mastered.

 

The print Still Life under the Lamp, 1962 is a highlight of the exhibition and one of Picasso’s best known linocuts. By then in his 80s Picasso continued to innovate, using a complex new technique to create this colourful night-time scene.

 

The Frugal Meal, 1904, is the earliest work in the exhibition and one of the last works of Picasso’s Blue Period. A haunting depiction of an emaciated couple in a café in Montmarte, The Frugal Meal is considered to be one of the masterpieces of twentieth century graphic art. 

 

These stunning works will be accompanied by a wider exhibition of major artists’ original prints drawn from the Cecil Higgins Collection and further afield. Five centuries of printmaking will be on show, ranging from masterpieces by key figures in the history of European printmaking, such as Rembrandt, Picasso and Matisse.

 

Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland said ‘Picasso and the Masters of Print is a unique opportunity to see pieces by Picasso himself as well as the print work of many other great artists.’

 

‘The fact that you are able to see the work of one of the twentieth centuries’ most revered artists in Bedford Borough is truly fantastic and I would like to encourage everyone to visit the new exhibition when it opens this Autumn.’

 

The prestigious collection of more than 400 prints housed at The Higgins Bedford spans all periods, styles and techniques of printmaking and includes the work of leading international artists, including Rembrandt, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Hockney.

 

The Exhibition will open on Saturday October 15th  2016 and will continue until April 16th 2017 and programme of gallery tours, talks and workshops will be announced in the coming months. Entry is free of charge.

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