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Still Life With Glass Under a Lamp, Pablo Picasso

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Picasso and the Masters of Print

15th October 2016 - 16th April 2017

Wixamtree Gallery - free entry

Picasso & the Masters of Print offers a unique opportunity to view together some of the most important prints by one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The seven prints by Picasso held at The Higgins Bedford span seven decades of his career and spectacularly showcase the varied printmaking techniques that he mastered.


These stunning works will be accompanied by a wider exhibition of major artists’ original prints drawn from the Cecil Higgins Collection. Five centuries of printmaking will be on show, ranging from masterpieces by key figures in the history of European printmaking, such as Dürer and Rembrandt, through to 20th century icons such as Matisse and Warhol, and including contemporary artists such as Paula Rego and Mark Hearld.

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Edward Bawden and his Studio

11th February 2017 - 28th January 2018

Edward Bawden Gallery - free entry

Between 1981 and 1989 Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery. From the walls of his house, the insides of cupboards and the drawers of his plan chest came adverts for Fortnum and Mason, Ealing comedy posters, watercolours of Canada, plates for Wedgewood, letters and photographs. An entire life’s work. 

In his workroom in the attic of Brick House, Great Bardfield or later in his plant-filled studio in Saffron Walden, Bawden worked hours ‘that no self-respecting trade unionist would consider, and no shop steward condone for a moment’ producing a huge body of work. Through letters, photographs and most importantly his work, this new exhibition will focus on Bawden’s life in the studio, from the techniques he used to the lino he cut.


Image credit: © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016 Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) Still Life with Glass under a Lamp, linocut on paper, 1962. Image courtesy of The Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford (The Higgins Bedford)