‘Claude avec oreillons’, at the Picasso Museum, Barcelona

The Banco Sabadell Art Collection has placed Claude avec oreillons, an oil painting by Pablo Picasso, in the Picasso Museum of Barcelona, to form part of the museum’s permanent exhibition.

Claude avec oreillons [Claude with mumps, or Child in bed] is an oil painting from 1948 in which Picasso depicted his son Claude (Boulogne-Billancourt, 1947 – Geneva, 2023) in bed, sick with mumps. The painting will contribute to making more luminous and diverse the set of pieces that the Museum preserves from the second half of the 1940s, a period marked, from a personal point of view, by Picasso’s return to the Mediterranean after the war and by the birth of his children, Claude and Paloma, from his relationship with the artist Françoise Gilot.

From an artistic point of view, Picasso expanded the creative horizon by exploring and adding new means of expression. This is how he devoted himself with passion to lithography or ceramics, which he discovered precisely in the south, in the pottery village of Vallauris. These were also the years in which Picasso, a member of the French Communist Party since 1944, produced some of his works most clearly committed to peace.

Marina Picasso, the artist’s daughter, and Jaume Collboni, the Mayor of Barcelona, visited the new exhibits at the museum.