Rare Picasso bought by city Modern Art gallery

Head,  by Pablo Picasso.
Head, by Pablo Picasso.
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A RARE cubist drawing by Pablo Picasso has been bought by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

Head, dating from 1912, a charcoal drawing bought using money left by art collectors Henry and Sula Walton, has gone on display for the first time.

Henry Walton was an Edinburgh University professor of psychiatry. His wife, Dr Sula Wolff, was a consultant child psychiatrist.

The couple were passionate about Picasso’s work, assembling a collection of more than a dozen prints by the artist.

Not only did they bequeath their art collection to the gallery, but they also established the Henry and Sula Walton Charitable Fund, to help the 
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art make new acquisitions.

Simon Groom, director of the Gallery of Modern Art, said part of the impetus behind cubism came from the desire to view an object from different sides, and re-compose the different views in a single picture. He said: “I think Henry and Sula Walton would have been thrilled by this acquisition. They were passionate about art, passionate about the gallery, and passionate that the very greatest artworks should be available for our visitors to see.”