Picasso's 'Magical' Château to Open
Studio, burial ground private up til now
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2009 1:22 PM CDT
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) with some of his paintings at Mougins Cote D'Azur in the south of France.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – This summer, art fiends can visit Pablo Picasso’s final resting place for the first time—a château where “he devoted himself completely to his art,” the Telegraph reports. Picasso discovered Château de Vauvenargues in the foothills of France’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, a mountain made famous by Paul Cézanne. Visitors will see Picasso’s studio, untouched since he last used it, and objects including a dresser and mandolin that appear in his paintings.

The château is being opened, 36 years after the artist’s death, to coincide with the nearby Musée Granet’s Picasso-Cézanne retrospective. “The position of the château literally on Cézanne’s mountain made it like a magical object to Picasso,” says the museum’s curator. During the two years the artist spent there, “he had this amazing energy and painted through the night.”