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Picasso’s dog period: six years with Lump

Picasso and lumpLump joined his owner at Picasso’s place for lunch in Cannes, and stayed for six years. Picasso was fascinated by Lump. He pampered him, even taking him into the studio while he worked. Lump’s profile appeared repeatedly in Picasso’s work, on dinner plates, drawings, and later in fifteen of the renowned studies of Velasquez’ Las Meninas. According to his owner David Duncan, Lump ‘ran the place’. Lump ultimately returned to Stuttgart for health reasons. The first dinner plate that Picasso decorated with his profile is now in a museum in Texas.

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