The art world today (Monday) paid tribute to Pablo Picasso -- the man described as inventing modern painting -- following his death at the age of 91 on Sunday.
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Background: The art world today (Monday) paid tribute to Pablo Picasso -- the man described as inventing modern painting -- following his death at the age of 91 on Sunday. Some of the tributes were brought personally to the gates of his 35-room country home at Mougins, in Southern France.
While journalists kept a vigil outside the gates of the villa, members of the Picasso family were believed inside deciding on a date and place of the funeral. Picasso's second wife, Jacqueline, her daughter Catherine and a valet were with the artist when he died of a heart-attack.
The question of the inheritance of Picasso's estate is expected to pose considerable legal problems. Apart from extensive property in the South of France, he is estimated to have left 25,000 canvasses, drawings, engravings, etchings and ceramics -- many of them never seen by the public.
SYNOPSIS: The attention of the art world focused on Mougins, a small town in the South of France, on Monday. The previous day Pablo Picasso, most creative of twentieth century artists, had died here at the age of ninety-one.
Newsman kept vigil outside the gates of Picasso's house. Among the visitors bringing personal tributes to the artist was the curator of the Picasso museum in Antibes. Picasso's second wife Jacqueline and her daughter Catherine had been with the artist when he died following a heart attack. His legal heirs are his widow and his son by his first wife, Paulo. But nevertheless many legal problems seem likely to remain. Besides considerable property in the South of France, the artist is estimated to have left about twenty-five thousand works of art -- many of them never seen by the public.
Picasso's lawyer war among the visitors on Monday. But for the waiting newsmen, there was no official statement on funeral arrangements. They did learn, however, that despite illness Picasso continued to paint till the and.