Pablo Picasso, ‘La Serrure by Pablo Picasso, BB5376’, ca. 1950, Doris Leslie Blau
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Serrure by Pablo Picasso, BB5376’, ca. 1950, Doris Leslie Blau
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Serrure by Pablo Picasso, BB5376’, ca. 1950, Doris Leslie Blau
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Serrure by Pablo Picasso, BB5376’, ca. 1950, Doris Leslie Blau
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Serrure by Pablo Picasso, BB5376’, ca. 1950, Doris Leslie Blau
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Serrure by Pablo Picasso, BB5376’, ca. 1950, Doris Leslie Blau
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Serrure by Pablo Picasso, BB5376’, ca. 1950, Doris Leslie Blau

This mid-century vintage French rug is a reproduction of a rare Picasso design titled "La Serrure." Rendered in shades of black, green and red, the design (translating as "The Lock") is from the edition of three published by Edition Cuttoli and Galerie Lucie Weill in Paris. Woven by Marie Cuttoli, who has translated to textile the works of such artists as Poliakoff, Klee and Matisse, this thick woven wool carpet is a striking work of art. Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright is inarguably one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, as well as the co-founder of the Cubist movement. The anxieties and tribulations of modernity that touched so many of his works can be glimpsed here, in the mysterious dark figure seen approaching through a key hole.

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