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Rare Picasso and an O'Keeffe now at Winona museum

A rarely seen Pablo Picasso painting has arrived at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. Also newly arrived there is Georgia O'Keeffe's "Lake George, Autumn," says the Winona Daily News.

The new paintings were shown to donors at an invitation-only event Sunday; they may go on display for the public by the end of the year.

They'll join works by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir already in the museum, part of a 400-plus piece collection on loan to the museum from Mary Burrichter and Bob Kierlin. The Winona couple have been great benefactors for the Winona museum. Kierlin is the founder of Fastenal Co.

The Picasso, "Home Assis," was painted in 1933 studio in Cannes, France, and had been in the hands of a private collector.

"This is a picture that virtually nobody has seen," said John P. Driscoll, the owner of New York-based Babcock galleries, who helped the Winona couple acquire the works. "Finding a great Picasso today is not easy."

Andrew Maus, the museum's executive director, called said the entire collection is amazing for a town of Winona's size.

"Substantial collections like this are really rare outside of major metropolitan areas," he said.  

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