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Although the Musee de Picasso (Picasso Museum) in Paris is currently undergoing renovations, it is has the world's finest collections of Pablo Picasso works in the world and considered even better than the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Pablo Picasso spent a great time of time working on his art in Paris and is best known to be the co-found of the art movement known as Cubism. The museum is housed within a beautiful 17 th century mansion known as the Hotel Sale in the Le Marais District of Paris, known as a particularly wealthy neighbourhood in the city.

The Picasso Museum is located in the 4 th arrondissement of Paris, about 1.5 km from the Notre Dame Cathedral and about `1 km from the modern art museum at the George Pompidou Centre. The closest Paris Metro stop is located at the Saint Sebastien-Frossart station about 500 metres away on Metro Line #8.

Although born in Spain, Pablo Picasso spent most of his adult life in the City of Paris, primarily because Paris was considered to be the art capital of Europe during the early 20 th century and became great friends with many of the era's most important artists such as Henri Mattise and Henri Rousseau. Picasso was also a very close friend of the Stein family who resided in Paris during that period of time, including the famous writer Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo Stein. It was this friendship with the Steins where Picasso achieved much of his fame and was able to display many of his most important paintings, which were purchased by the Steins. In fact one of Picasso's greatest paintings is his “Portrait of Gertrude Stein”, created in 1906. A handful of his paintings are considered to be the most expensive paintings in the world, including “Dora Maar au chat”, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”, “Garcon a la pipe”, “Yo, Picasso”, and “Les Noces de Pierette”. Some of these paintings listed have sold for over a hundred million dollars.

After Picasso's son perished in a car accident, much the artist's work was donated to the City of Paris, partly to pay off the enormous inheritance tax from the estate. Thus in 1963, the Picasso Museum opened up to the public. Millions of locals and tourists have since visited the museum and rave about the vast collection of paintings, sketches and sculptures. Because of the massive renovation occurring at the Picasso Museum, some of the museum's over 3,500 works of art are on loan or on a touring exhibit to other prominent museums, such as such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, the Musee des beaux-arts de l'Ontario in Toronto Canada, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais in Paris and his own Museo Picassos in both Malaga and Barcelona Spain.

Because of the current renovations going on at the Picasso Museum in Paris, hopeful visitors are encouraged to see some of Picasso's works of art in other museums such as the Musee de l'Orangerie, the National Museum of Modern Art at the George Pompidou Centre and the Museum of Modern Art City of Paris.

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