WORK OF ART

Living France - - LES PRATIQUES -

The for­mer French home of the artist Pablo Pi­casso has been sold to the mer­chant banker Rayo Withanage for an undis­closed sum, ac­cord­ing to the mayor of Mou­g­ins. Pi­casso lived in the Mou­g­ins prop­erty, with his wife Jac­que­line Roque from 1961 un­til his death in 1973. The es­tate com­prises a main house, a twohectare park and gar­den, swim­ming pool, ten­nis court and sev­eral guest­houses, and is the largest es­tate of its kind in the area. It is thought that parts of the house and gar­den, which were per­son­ally de­signed by Pi­casso him­self, will now be used for char­i­ta­ble pur­poses by lo­cal foun­da­tions, the pro­ceeds from which will be do­nated to causes sup­port­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. Prior to Pi­casso, the house was owned by the Guin­ness fam­ily and it was also a reg­u­lar sum­mer hol­i­day home of Win­ston Churchill.

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