Pablo Picasso, ‘Avant la pique I’, 1959, Koller Auctions

Outside the edition of 50, with the dedication: pour B. Geiser. Signed lower right: Picasso. Image 16.5 x 22.5 cm on vélin 37.6 x 48 cm. Published by Louise Leiris, Paris. Printed by Arnéra.

Image rights: Courtesy Koller Auktionen.

Catalogue raisonné:
Bloch, no. 946.
Baer, no. 1220, 2nd state Bb.

Collection of Bernhard Geiser (gift of the artist).

By descent to the present owner (dedication to M.R. by Bernhard Geiser).

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