Pablo Picasso, ‘Autour d’el Greco portraits, avec modele étendu, et “Bonhomme”’, 1968, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Autour d’el Greco portraits, avec modele étendu, et “Bonhomme”’, 1968, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Autour d’el Greco portraits, avec modele étendu, et “Bonhomme”’, 1968, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Printed by : Crommelynck Freres, Paris, France
Note: In the post war period, now in his late sixties, Picasso began to take stock of his life’s work. In 1947 he donated 10 paintings to the Musee d’Art Moderns in Paris and as a result of this, got to see his work displayed, for the first time, alongside masterpieces from the Louvre. From then onwards Picasso increasingly produced pieces based explicitly on the work of the Old Masters. In 1950 he made a number of such works including El Greco’s portrait of his son. El Gerco’s work had left a mark on Picasso since his earliest days and had influenced much of the painting he had produced in Paris at the turn of the century. The Masterpiece, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” of 1907 owed much in stye to the influence of El Greco. Our etching is part of this continuing “hommage” to a great artist of a bygone age. Besides the El Greco portraits, however, it shows other aspects in the cartoons” such as the receding model and funny face - these owed little to the Old Master and are very much “Picasso” himself.
Plate 41 from the 347 series. The cancelled plate still exists.

Series: 347 etchings

Signature: signed in pencil

Publisher: Galerie Louis Leiris Gallery, Paris, France

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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