The British Museum has purchased two sets of linocuts that Spanish master Pablo Picasso made at the age of 80 in 1962, the BBC reported Wednesday.
The sets feature the prints "Still Life Under the Lamp" and "Jacqueline Reading," a portrait of Jacqueline Roque, the artist's last wife and muse.
The portrait of Roque is one of the more than 70 works by Picasso that feature her engaged in different activities, such as knitting, petting her dog, dressed in traditional Spanish attire or naked.
The British Museum bought the Picasso works with money from the Art Fund and private gifts.
Picasso (1881-1973), considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, explored the linocut technique in the 1950s and 1960s, and the works are among the Spanish master's most "important and unique," the British Museum said.
The Spanish master began using the linocut technique in the mid-1950s to produce posters for ceramic shows and bullfights in the south of France, where he lived.
The Malaga-born Picasso produced more than 2,500 prints over his long career, using several techniques, including linocut, the BBC said.
The linocut sets will be exhibited from Jan. 10 to May 6 at the British Museum, which plans to add the works to its Prints and Drawings collection, whose holdings include a complete set of Picasso's "Vollard Suite" of 100 etchings made from 1930 to 1937. EFE