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Pablo Picasso
Tete de Femme sur Fond Noir
Lithograph. Signed and numbered in pencil.
Numbered Edition of 50, 1945. Arches wove paper
Image Size: 10 x 13 1/4 inches.
Mint Condition
Note: Reference: M. 2; B. 376.
Purchased through the family of Picasso.
Price: Upon Request

 

Pablo Picasso Biography (1881-1973)

Summary
Spanish Artist Pablo Picasso is widely acknowledged to be the most important artist of the 20th century. A long-lived and highly prolific artist, he experimented with a wide range of styles and themes throughout his career. Among Picasso's many contributions to the history of art, his most important include pioneering the modern art movement called cubism, inventing collage as an artistic technique, and developing assemblage (constructions of various materials) in sculpture. The cubist movement, which he and Braque inspired, had a number of followers. Cubism's innovations gave rise to a host of other 20th-century art movements, including futurism in Italy, suprematism and constructivism in Russia, de Stijl in the Netherlands, and vorticism in England. Cubism also influenced German expressionism, dada, and other movements as well as early work of the surrealists and abstract expressionists. In addition, collage and construction became key aspects of 20th-century art.

Childhood
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born into a creative family. His father was a painter, and he quickly showed signs of following the same path. Picasso began formally studying art at the age of 11. Several paintings from his teenage years still exist, such as First Communion (1895). His father groomed the young prodigy to be a great artist by getting Picasso the best education the family could afford and visiting Madrid to see works by Spanish old masters. The family moved to Barcelona where Picasso continued his art education.

Early Training
It was in Barcelona that Picasso first matured as a painter. He frequented the Els Quatre Gats, a cafe popular with bohemians, anarchists, and modernists. He became familiar with Art Nouveau and Symbolism, and artists such as Edvard Munch and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. This was Picasso's introduction to a cultural avant-garde, in which young artists were encouraged to express themselves. From 1900 to 1904, Picasso traveled frequently, spending time in Madrid and Paris, in addition to spells in Barcelona. Although he began making sculpture during this time, critics named this time his Blue Period, after the blue/grey palette that dominated his paintings. The mood of the work was melancholic. Much of the Blue Period works were drawn from the beggars and prostitutes he encountered in city streets. The Old Guitarist (1903) is a typical example of both the subject matter and the style of this phase. In 1904, Picasso's palette began to brighten, and for a year or more he painted in a style that has been characterized as his Rose Period. He focused on performers and circus figures, switching his palette to various shades of reds and pinks.

Mature Period
In 1906, Picasso met Georges Braque. Shortly after, the two began one of the most remarkable collaborations / movements in modern painting known as cubism. Sometimes Picasso and Braque were eagerly learning from each other, while other times trying to outdo each other in a fast-paced and competitive race to innovate. They visited each other daily during their formulation of this radical technique. In their shared vision, multiple perspectives on an object are depicted simultaneously by being fragmented and rearranged in splintered configurations. Form and space became the most crucial elements, and so both artists restricted their palettes to earth tones.

By 1912, Picasso developed the technique of collage, and from Braque he learned the related method of papiers colles. This phase has since come to be known as the "Synthetic" phase of Cubism, due to its reliance on various allusions to an object in order to create the description of it. In 1916, Picasso’s interest in ballet took him in a new direction, and he went on to create numerous set designs for the Ballets Russes. In the 1920s Picasso focused more on classical imagery. His figures became heavier and more massive, and have been associated with the conservative trend known as rappel a l'ordre ("return to order"). His encounter with Surrealism in the mid 1920s again prompted a change of direction. His work became more expressive, and often violent or erotic. In the late 1920s Picasso began a collaboration with sculptor Julio Gonzalez, which culminated in welded metal sculptures, which became highly influential.

In 1937 Picasso created his landmark painting Guernica, a protest against the barbaric air raid against a Basque village during the Spanish Civil War. The huge mural on canvas in black, white and grey was created for the Spanish Pavilion of the Paris World's Fair in 1937. Guernica was exhibited at the museum of Modern Art in New York until 1981, when it was transferred to the Prado Museum in Madrid/Spain. The mural was later moved to the Queen Sofia Center of Art, Madrid in 1992. Picasso had disallowed the return of Guernica to Spain until the end of the rule of Fascism by General Franco.

Late Years and Death
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Picasso worked on his own versions of canonical masterpieces by artists such as Nicolas Poussin, Diego Velazquez, and El Greco. In the latter years of his life, Picasso sought solace from his celebrity. His later paintings were heavily portrait-based. Critics have generally considered them inferior to his earlier work, though in recent years they have been more well received. He also created many ceramic and bronze sculptures during this later period. He died in the South of France in 1973.

       
       
 
Pablo Picasso
Le Petite Corrida
Lithograph. Hand signed in pencil.
Signature also in Plate. Dated in Plate.
Mourlot, Paris, France, 1958.
Paper Size: 10 1/4 x 13 inches.
Mint Condition.
Note: Reference: Bloch 839; Cramer 92.
A very rare and sought after Picasso artwork.
Price: Upon Request

 
       
       
 
Pablo Picasso
L'espagnole (Spanish Woman)
Lithograph. Hand signed in red crayon.
Signature and date also in plate.
Edition: Vauvenargues, 1960.
Excellent quality paper with deckled edges.
Paper Size: 17 x 22 inches.
Mint Condition
Note: Reference: Mourlot. Highly Documented.
Purchased through the family of Picasso.
Price: Upon Request

 
       
       
 
Pablo Picasso
La Famille (The Family / Art et Solidarity)
Lithograph. Signed and numbered in pencil. Signature also in Plate, Picasso. Dated in Plate, 4.10.60.
Edition: Numbered Edition of 200.
Art et Solidarity, 1960-1961.
Excellent quality paper with deckled edges.
Paper Size: 22 1/4 x 26 inches.
Mint Condition.
Note: Reference: Czwiklitzer 170.
An extremely rare and documented artwork.
Purchased through the family of Picasso.
Price: Upon Request

 
       
       
 
Pablo Picasso
Quatre Chemins
Lithograph. Hand signed in pencil.
Signature also in Plate. Dated in Plate.
Edition: Editions des Quatre Chemins, Paris, France, 1926
Paper Size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches.
Mint Condition.
Note: A very rare and sought after Picasso
Price: Upon Request
 
       
       
 
Pablo Picasso
Chroniques Illustration
Lithograph. Hand signed in pencil.
Signature and date also in Plate.
Edition: Editions des Chroniques du Jour
Paris, France, 1930.
Paper Size: 9 x 11 inches.
Mint Condition.
Note: An extremely rare and documented artwork.
Price: Upon Request

 
       
     
           
           
           
Pablo Picasso
Les Vendangeurs
Medium: Linogravure. Hand signed in pencil.
Edition: Pablo Picasso, Linolschnitte, Hatje, First
Edition, 1962. S.P.A.D.E.M., Paris.
Paper Size: 14 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches.
Very Good Condition.
Note: A very rare and documented artwork.
Price: Upon Request

Pablo Picasso
Peace on Earth (Les Main Liees), Peace Dove
Lithograph. Signed and numbered in pencil.
Edition: Numbered Edition of 200.
Excellent quality paper with deckled edges.
Paper Size: 24 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches.
Mint Condition.
Note: An extremely rare and highly documented artwork.
Price: Upon Request

           
 
 
 
 
Pablo Picasso
Les Banderilles
Lithograph. Hand signed in pencil. Dated in Plate.
Edition: A Los Toros Avec Picasso.
Andre Sauret, Monte-Carlo, Paris, France, 1961.
Size: 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches.
Mint Condition.
Note: Reference: Bloch 1014-1017; Cramer 113.
An extremely rare and documented artwork.
Price: Upon Request

Pablo Picasso
1951 Peace Dove (Colombe Volante)
Lithograph. Signed and numbered in pencil.
Signature and date also in Plate.
Numbered Edition of 200, 1951.
Paper Size: 30 x 22 1/4 inches.
Mint Condition
Note: A very rare and hard to find artwork.
Purchased through the family of Picasso.
Price: Upon Request

           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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