Picasso’s Portrait

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A rare unseen work by Pablo Picasso has just gone on display in Abu Dhabi in a new exhibition at the Saadiyat Cultural District.

While still under construction, the Abu Dhabi Louvre, has already begun to curate its collection of artworks. To document this process, it has launched an exhibition called Birth of a Museum.

Among the trove of collected treasure, is the never-before-seen work by the Spanish founder of the Cubism movement.

The work of gouache, ink and collage is named ‘Portrait of a Lady’.

Beneath the veneer of beauty, Picasso has portrayed a troubled soul, says curator Laurence Des Cars.

“Look at the face, a very beautiful face because she was a very beautiful lady, but at the same time burned, a little bit fractured, like a character that has been fractured by history also”, says Des Cars.

“So it’s both elegant, free and at the same time, very deep psychologically.”

It was purchased from a family in Europe who received it as a gift from Picasso himself.

It’s one of 130 paintings and sculptures in the collection, several of which are by other European Masters including Gaugin, Klee, Manet and Magritte.

Birth of A Museum runs until July 20 in preparation for the Louvre’s full opening in 2015.

Saadiyat Cultural District runs regular talks and workshops with experts about its acquisitions.

Originally broadcast on Emirates News, 19 April 2013