Picasso Studio Made National Landmark
The Paris studio where Pablo Picasso worked and lived for 19 years has been made a National Landmark. The studio, in which Picasso painted his famous anti-war opus Guernica in 1937, was under threat of becoming a luxury hotel (as reported by artnet News last month). It is part of a Rive Gauche 17th century manor, which has been owned by a legal company since long before the artist took over the space. The plan was much criticized, and following a historic preservation panel meeting on Tuesday, it was deemed a National Landmark – which makes redevelopment more costly and time-consuming at the least. Hotel Savoie, as the manor is known, is said to bear no visible traces of Picasso’s presence.