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Picasso's private photos given to Oxford University art historian 40 years after painter's death
10 December 2014 @ 10:57

A PRIVATE collection of family photos belonging to the late cubist painter Pablo Picasso have been lent to a British historian and put on display in a London gallery.

They include photos of the Málaga-born artist's first wife, ballerina Olga Khokhlova, and of some of his mistresses, which were used as inspiration for many of his paintings.

Another shows Picasso walking across a garden carrying the family dog.

The pictures were handed over to British art historian Sir John Richardson, 90, by the painter's only legitimate grandson Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, a long-standing close friend.

They were produced literally after 'coming up in conversation', Sir John says – he was chatting to his good friend Bernard, a great lover of photography, who mentioned in passing that he had 'hundreds' of snapshots and home films taken by Picasso which he had kept stored since his grandfather's death over 40 years ago.



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