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Pablo Picasso was a 'control freak'


Picasso was a man who loved women. That much is evident not only from the number of his mistresses but from the way in which they inspired his work.

But he was also very controlling. He liked his women to be submissive says the artist's friend and biographer John Richardson and when he had finished with them he took it out on their children.

Zeinab Badawi talks to John Richardson and to the artist's grandson Bernard Ruiz Picasso at The Mediterranean Years exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London.

Bernard tells Zeinab that although he was fond of his grandfather, he realises that Picasso sometimes had strange reactions to members of his family.

You can hear the full interview with Bernard Picasso and John Richardson on BBC World News on Monday 16 August 2010 at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 2030 GMT.

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