Pablo Picasso, ‘Mostra di Picasso Guernica (Czwiklitzer 76)’, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘Mostra di Picasso Guernica (Czwiklitzer 76)’, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

1953, from the edition of 1000, printed on two sheets of wove paper laid down on board, printed by Moneta, Milan together with After Fernand Léger, Untitled (Saphire E3), screenprint in colors, 1954-55, signed in ink (faded) and numbered 175/200, from the Album of 10 serigraphs, on wove paper, printed by Jean Bruller, Paris, published by La Guide Internationale de la Gravure, Genève-Paris, framed (2 prints).

first sheet: 1405 by 2000 mm 55 1/4 by 78 3/4 in
second sheet: 380 by 495 mm 15 by 19 1/2 in

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