Pablo Picasso, ‘La Comedie Humaine’, 1954, Graves International Art
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Comedie Humaine’, 1954, Graves International Art

A vintage heliogravure after Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) titled "La Comedie Humaine", 1954. Published by Verve, Paris France 1954. Produced from Picasso's sketches from the series entitled "La Comedie Humaine". Picasso authorized and was commissioned to see these heliogravures produced. Dated in the plate. Fully matted with cotton rag matting and acid free foam board backing, museum mounted and shrink wrapped, frame ready. Matted size: 21" x 17.25". Image size: 13.75" x 10.25". Excellent condition.

Heliogravure is a photographic printing process made up of two steps: A Photochemical process that creates the intaglio surface where the photographic image is etched into a copper plate. The copper plate is used to print the image onto etching paper using inks.

Series: "La Comedie Humaine", 1954

Image rights: Copyright © Graves International Art

Publisher: Verve

La Comedie Humaine

About 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