Paloma Ruiz-Picasso, the last of Pablo Picasso's four children, has been appointed administrator of the artist’s estate, replacing her brother Claude. Their mother, the French artist Françoise Gilot, died in June. The estate lawyer, Jean-Jacques Neuer, told France24 earlier this week that the move is "very important for the art world"; he did not respond to a request for comment.
The Picasso estate manages works held by Claude Picasso and Paloma Picasso, his late daughter Maya Widmaier Picasso (the daughter of Marie-Thérèse Walter) and two of his grandchildren, Marina and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso.
“These five heirs [have] a form of joint ownership (the property consisting mainly in the intellectual property rights attached to the work and name of Pablo Picasso),” says the estate website which advises on reproduction rights, resale rights and broadcast restrictions. Early last year, the estate blocked the sale of more than 1,000 NFTs (non-fungible tokens) due to be released by Marina and her son Florian.
Paloma Picasso is represented in several of her father’s works including Paloma à l’orange (1951).