Picasso: The Vollard Suite contains 100 intaglio prints made by Pablo Picasso between 1930 and 1937 in Paris and at the Château de Boisgeloup - a country property near Paris the artist acquired in 1930.
Image supplied by National Gallery of Australia.
During 1933, Modern art dealer and print publisher Ambroise Vollard authorised Picasso to expanded series to 100 plates in exchange for a selection of French Impressionist paintings in Vollard's private collection.
Vollard was killed in a car accident in 1939, when the works were released to the public in the 1950s that they became widely referred to as the Vollard Suite.
Art historian Hans Bolliger devised an order for arranging the Vollard Suite that continues to influence how the 100 prints are exhibited and interpreted. Choosing not to follow a strict chronological sequence in which Picasso produced the plates. Bollinger has identified seven themes, which he grouped under the titles; The Plates, Battle of Love (Rape), Rembrandt, The Sculptor's Studio, The Minotaur, The Blind Minotaur and Portraits of Ambroise Vollard.
Image of Portrait of Vollard. Supplied by National Gallery of Australia.
Through the images, there are themes of history and creativity, ambition and achievement, fear and immortality, moral and physical fallibility, male sexuality and obsession. The works are viewed as an auto-biographic document, reflecting Picasso's mid-life musings on his own desires and conduct of an affair with his young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, creativity and his growing stature as a most celebrated and influential modern artist of the twentieth century.
If you would like to view Picasso: The Vollard Suite exhibition; visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat as they're only on display until 28 April, 2019.