Minotaure et Femme
By Pablo Picasso (after)
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Edition size: 500
Sheet size: 22 x 29 7/8 inches
Price: $1800 (incl. taxes)
Color lithograph after an original crayon, watercolor and India ink on paper of 1936, printed on Arches watermarked paper, with the chop mark of the Estate of Pablo Picasso in the lower right, with the chop mark of the publisher in the lower left, with the wet-stamp justification, verso and hand signed in pencil by Marina Picasso "Marina Picasso Collection" lower right recto. This work was published between 1979-1982.
MARINA PICASSO ESTATE COLLECTION
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
- Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)- one of the most recognized figures of 20th century art, co-created such styles as Cubism and Surrealism, was also among most innovative, influential, and prolific artists of all time.
Artist Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 the first son of Dona Maria y Picasso Lopez and Don Jose Ruiz Blasco. The Picasso Family legend reports that the infant Pablo Picasso was given up for dead at birth by the midwife, and was revived by his Uncle Don Salvador who blew cigar smoke into the infant's face.
Picasso´s father was an artist and encouraged and instructed the young Picasso to draw and paint. Don Jose handed over his brushes and paints, vowing never to paint again, after watching thirteen–year–old Picasso masterfully complete the feet of some pigeons in 1894.
Pablo Picasso attended the Barcelona School of Fine Arts from 1896–97 and the Royal Academy in Madrid for a few months in 1897. In 1900, Pablo Picasso visited Paris for the first time. Enthralled by Paris, Picasso spent the next four years alternating between Barcelona and the City of Light.
In 1904 Pablo Picasso moved to Paris, where Picasso became a member of a circle of avant–garde artists and writers while living in "Le Bateau Lavoir". This period coincides with the Picasso's infamous "Blue Period". During this "Blue Period," Picasso took his subjects from the poor and social outcasts, with a sentimentalized melancholy mood expressed through cold ethereal blue tones. Pablo Picasso did a number of powerful etchings in a similar vein, including 'Le Repas Frugal' (The Frugal Meal) in 1904. Picasso´s Rose Period would follow where the Picasso´s palette softened with pinks, light reds and pale grays featuring circus players saltimbanques), street performers, dancers and the harlequin.
Influenced by African sculpture and the simplified forms of painter Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso began experimenting with artist Georges Braque, in using a multiplicity of viewpoints so that many different aspects of an object were present simultaneously in the same image. The result was the birth of Cubism. Picasso´s first full–fledged Cubist painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was created in 1907. The work, was initially shunned by Picasso´s colleagues and remained in his studio until the Museum of Modern Art, New York purchased it in 1937 for $24,000.
Pablo Picasso was married only twice, to Olga and then Jacqueline, and had four children by three women. Women played significant roles in Picasso´s personal and creative life. Picasso´s most influential companions were: Fernande Olivier (together 1904–1911), Eva Gouel (together 1911–1915), Olga Khokhlova (together 1917–1927; son Paulo born 1921), Marie Therese Walter (together 1927–1936; daughter Maya born 1935), Dora Maar (together 1936–1944), Francoise Gilot (together 1943–1953; son Claude born 1947; daughter Paloma born 1949) and Jacqueline Roche (together 1953–1973).
In November 1945 Pablo Picasso set up shop at the Atelier Mourlot, a well–known lithography studio in Paris. The Picasso Mourlot creative partnership would result in ground–breaking lithographic techniques, never before utilized, and in the Mourlot studio Pablo Picasso produced some of the finest graphic prints ever created, including: lithographs, etchings, engravings, linocuts, and woodcuts.
Pablo Picasso died on April 8, 1973 in the South of France at the age of 91. During the last five years of his life, Picasso was extremely productive, creating the famed 347 Suite – a group of 347 etchings Pablo Picasso created from March to October of 1968. This monumental printmaking feat was followed by a series of 156 etchings, aptly named the 156 Suite, which were published posthumously. These final etching by Pablo Picasso were a last window into one of history´s greatest artistic innovators and talents.
After Pablo Picasso's death in 1973, his granddaughter Marina authorized the printing of a limited number of original lithographs, which have come to be known as the Picasso Estate Collection. The lithographs were meticulously created after the original works (Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Pastels, Charcoal Drawings, etc.) by Master Chromist Marcel Salinas, who worked closely with Picasso in his lifetime. They are printed in an edition of 500 on Arches paper. To ensure authenticity, each print is signed and numbered in pencil by Marina Picasso and embossed with the estate and chromist's seals. These rare and highly desirable prints have sold in galleries across the United States and Europe.