Picasso's Great-Grandson Launches 'Florian Picasso NFT' Collection With a John Legend Collaboration

  • February 03, 2022 17:15

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Visage Bleu from the Marina & Florian Picasso 'Man and The Beat' collection

The Picasso estate initially stymied sales of more than 1,000 NFTs created by the granddaughter and great-grandson of Pablo Picasso last week. With more clarifying language around the sales, Marina Picasso and her son Florian have since launched their first NFT collection which went live Tuesday on the site Man and the Beat. A second 24-hour auction began Thursday on Nifty Gateway.

A DJ and music producer, Florian Picasso wrote on Twitter that the project includes a collaboration with John Legend and Nas, which Legend tweeted was "a snip of our upcoming single." Five limited sets of 200 NFTs entitled Visage de Couleur were inspired by a 1958 ceramic bowl by his great-grandfather. One buyer of the 1,000 pieces from the collection would receive a physical ceramic from Marina Picasso’s private collection, he announced. Nifty Gateway hosts his Visage de Demain and Visage de Lumière collections.

After a launch delay amid reports in The Art Newspaper, and other sources, cited the Picasso Administration as considering any "Pablo Picasso NFT" as not approved and “counterfeit,” Marina and Florian Picasso released a statement:

“Marina Picasso, granddaughter of Pablo Picasso and myself, Florian Picasso, would like to clear the air on the recent situation and articles that have been released.  As we clearly stated previously, this is a Florian Picasso NFT.  We, and our team, have been working on this project for over 11 months and 'Man & The Beat' is the genesis collection of a long term ambition we have.”

Florian Picasso & Marina Picasso, Photo credit: Loic Schutz

On Nifty Gateway the collection sale page notes: "The NFT is the personal creation of Marina and Florian Picasso - not related to Pablo Picasso, his name and his work."

A portion of the NFT proceeds will be donated towards Nurse Heroes, according to Florian Picasso's statement.

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