Pablo Picasso

​A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881–1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France

L’etreinte L’etreinte
La Puce I & II La Puce I & II

Pablo Picasso

Dry-point on laid Montval paper with Vollard watermark.
Annotated and signed by the artist “50” lower left and “Bon a Tirer Picasso” lower right in multicolored (Harlequin) pencil.

Bon a Tirer proof before steel facing; Picasso Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie 1904-1967 Tome I, Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein, Bern, by Georges Bloch no. 259 Picasso Peintre-Graveur Tome II, by Bernhard Geiser and Brigitte Baer, Editions Kornfeld, Berne, 1992, no. 339 A.b., page 166 illustrated.
13 3/8 x 17 3/4 inches
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Pablo Picasso

La Puce I & II
Sugar-lift aquatint, scraper & dry-point
17 3/8 x 13 inches (each sheet)
Annotated 1er etat lower left by the printer.
Literature: Picasso Peintre-Graveur Tome III, by Brigitte Baer, Editions Kornfeld, Berne, 1986, no. 606 I, 1er état, first state illustrated page 82.
Edition of 35
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