Acquired with Art Fund support in 2014, the prints evidence Picasso's exceptional abilities in linocut practice.
Picasso first began experimenting with linocuts in 1939, but it wasn’t until the mid-1950s that he fully embraced the technique. Traditionally the method involved cutting a separate block for each colour, but Picasso developed a way of cutting and printing from a single block. It saved huge amounts of time, but also presented tremendous challenges. The artist had to be able to visualise the completed image at an early stage, and it was impossible to reverse any mistakes made during the cutting process.
On display here is a series of his most important prints, made when he was 80 years old. This is the first time they have been displayed outside of the British Museum.