More than eight hundred varied works by the century's most lauded artists, the Pablo Picasso, went on show in Paris on Thursday (11 October).
GV EXTERIOR: Sign for Picasso exhibition outside Grand Palais gallery in Paris.
MV: President Giscard d'Estaing arrives, greeted by officials.
INTERIOR: Gallery, Giscard meeting staff members
LV: Giscard and party moving through exhibition hall. (2 shots)
MV AND CU: Painting Woman with children (2 shots)
GV: Giscard and party examining paintings
GV: Painting of bespectacled man, dove on chair.
MV: Two nude women side by side.
CU: Giscard PULL OUT TO show group looking at painting
CU: Surrealist portrait girl with doll
MV: Cubist abstract: seated figure
CU: Self Portrait 1901 and CU Picasso signature (2 shots)
CU: Giscard and party walking along
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Background: More than eight hundred varied works by the century's most lauded artists, the Pablo Picasso, went on show in Paris on Thursday (11 October). They are drawn from the two thousand pieces, comprising the world's finest Picasso collection, which the French state acquired as a substitute for death duties. President Valery Giscard d'Estaing was among the first visitors to see the display, which spans the entire artistic output of the Spanish-born genius.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition is in the Grand Palais gallery, just off the Champ Elysees. There was the usual flurry of greetings when President Giscard arrived.
The French government was able to lay its hands on this extraordinary collection through a law passed in 1968. This allows the State, at its discretion, to accept duties paid in works, rather than money or other assets.
This early work was among those selected to cover duties of seventy-two million dollars (300 million francs) from the vast accumulation the prolific Picasso had hoarded. The Curator of French Museums, Monsieur Dominique Bozo, chose the best of the massive output, which was piled in locked studios and bank vaults after Picasso died at his home at Mougins in southern France six years ago.
This new treasure house redressed the peculiar neglect that his adopted homeland officially showed Picasso for almost half a century. Picasso moved there in 1900, and France had obtained only one of his paintings until Picasso gave ten canvasses to the National Modern Art Museum. The entire collection embraces every state of Picasso's development. In two years time, it will be housed in its own museum.