Picasso’s granddaughter selling artwork to forget bitter

Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter sells one of most extensive collections of artist’s ceramics in order to forget her traumatic, miserable childhood

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Marina Picasso is selling  group of one-off plates, tiles, vases and other small sculptural figures that her grandfather Picasso made between 1947 and the late 1960s to make peace with her past.

Recently Pablo Picasso’s “Les femmes d’Alger” painting was sold for $179.36 million, making it the priciest painting ever auctioned.

Marina owns a collection consisting more than 10,000 works, including around 300 paintings.

However  Marina says she sells all the artwork to make peace with her past.

Marina is the daughter of Picasso’s son, Paulo, from the artist’s first marriage to the Russian ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova. Marina’s parents struggled with alcoholism, and she comes from a broken family.

She says: “He never gave anything to us all when he was alive. We had a very hard life, living in close to misery.”

Marina’s older brother Pablito killed himself aged 25 after being excluded from his grandfather Picasso’s funeral. He committed suicide by drinking bleach and suffered for months before dying.

She has written about how her father had to beg for money from the artist. They rarely saw Picasso and would have to wait for hours at the gate of his house to be received.

She was 22 when Picasso died without a will. She inherited a fifth of the artist’s estate although she was never given any of his work when he was alive.

Marina said “The sale is certainly also a way of turning the page. It’s about turning the page on a whole childhood. I suffered a lot as a child and a young woman.There is absolutely no hatred, no bitterness, no vengeance on my part.”

The ceramics will feature in a stand-alone sale on June 25 in London.


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