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A New Picasso Museum to be Named after Jacqueline Roque

Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, is the driving force behind the idea of a new Pablo Picasso museum. A former convent in Aix-en-Provence will be the location of this new museum.

Antibes Picasso Museum
Picasso Museum in Antibes

Hutin-Bay is dedicating the museum to Picasso’s artworks in the years that he was married to his second wife, Jacqueline Roque. The museum will be called: Musée Jacqueline et Pablo Picasso. If all goes according to plan, the museum will open in 2021.

Musée Jacqueline et Pablo Picasso will be huge. It will contain over 16,000 square feet of exhibition space. Nearly 11,000 square feet will showcase Picasso artworks. Over 5,000 square feet will be for temporary art exhibitions.

The Second Wife & Muse of Picasso – Jacqueline Roque

Jacqueline was married to Picasso for 11 years and until his death. Jacqueline was Picasso’s favorite muse. He painted more than 400 portraits of her! Pablo Picasso met Jacqueline in 1953. He was 72 and she was only 26 years old.

Picasso seduced her by drawing a dove on her house in chalk and bringing her one rose each day until she agreed to go out with him six months later. They married in Vallauris on 2 March 1961.

Jacqueline Roque portrait by Pablo Picasso
Jacqueline with flowers, 1954 – Pablo Picasso portrait
Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org

Catherine Hutin-Blay’s Massive Picasso Inheritance

Catherine Hutin-Blay is Jacqueline’s only child. When Jacqueline killed herself 13 years after Picasso’s death , Hutin-Blay inherited her mother’s massive collection of Picasso artworks. In fact, she inherited over 2,000 artworks!!

Picasso Hated Selling his Artworks

Pablo Picasso hated selling his paintings. He felt that his art was never complete and held onto them. In his early days and when he needed money to live on, Picasso begrudgingly sold his work. However, when Picasso became famous and money was no longer a worry, he refused to part with many of his artworks.

Hutin-Blay ended up inheriting all the paintings that Picasso hoarded and was unwilling to relinquish. She also inherited Château de Vauvenargues near Aix-en-Provence, where Picasso and Jacqueline lived together.

Pablo Picasso Painting [Public Domain]
Pablo Picasso Painting [Public Domain]

Musée Jacqueline et Pablo Picasso will be the Largest Picasso Museum in the World

The new Picasso museum will showcase the world’s largest Picasso collection, with over 1,000 paintings. It will also display drawings, ceramics, sculptures and photographs of Picasso and Jacqueline.

This will be the fifth Picasso museum. Currently, there are four fantastic Picasso museums. Two in France – in Paris and Antibes. Two museums in Spain – Barcelona & his birthplace, Malaga.

“Give me a museum and I will fill it!”
Pablo Picasso Quote

For years, Hutin-Blay wanted to build a museum. However Picasso left no family will and the issue of inheritance was messy. After years of legal battles, Hutin-Blay is now able to go ahead with her plans of building the museum.

The focus of the museum will be the artworks that Picasso created in the years that he was with Jacqueline Roque . Many of the pieces that will be on display in this new museum have never been on display before!!

Jacqueline Picasso portrait by Pablo Picasso
Jacqueline Roque portrait by Picasso

Picasso once said,

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’

Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.'”

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