Picasso prints coming to Barnsley
Cooper Art Gallery is preparing to welcome ground-breaking artwork by Picasso. The free exhibition featuring 17 original linocut prints will open at the towns newly transformed Cooper Gallery on Saturday 21st January. It will be 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.
The exhibition pieces will 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.