The news of the theft of a Pablo Picasso sketchbook from the Musee Picasso yesterday sent shivers down my spine. Although I don't specifically recall seeing the sketchbook with a red cover valued at $12.4 million during my visit, it was shocking nonetheless, especially since no alarms were set off in the museum and there were no signs of a break-in. This magnificent collection of Picasso's work is housed in a former mansion located in the Marais district of Paris and its out of the way location means that it is usually not crowded. (Could that be one of the reasons the thieves targeted this museum?)
The entire museum is devoted to the works of Picasso and includes more than 250 paintings, 180 sculptures and 1,500 drawings. The pieces were acquired by France upon the death of the prolific artist in lieu of death duties. I'd hazard a guess that no other museum in the world can rival this collection of Picasso works.
There is a charming cafe in the garden where you can feast your eyes on this amusing goat sculpture.
I've been a long time admirer of Picasso's work. The energy, creativity and genius that he demonstrated in his lifetime is unparalleled.
Photo credits: Ingrid Mida
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