Pablo Picasso, ‘B905 Tête de femme (de profil)’, 1959, John Szoke

Linocut printed in color on Arches paper
Fourth state of five, IV.A (of V)
Exceptionally rare in this form.
Stamped in ink on the verso: 'lmprimerie Arnéra Archives/Non Signé
Annotated with what appear to be printing measurements by the printer, Hidalgo Arnéra, "1/+5/+9" in pencil
Printed by Hidalgo Arnéra 1959
Image: 25 1/4 x 21 inches
Sheet: 29 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches
Framed: 35 5/16 x 31 1/8 inches
(Bloch 0905) (Baer 1246)

(Bloch 0905) (Baer 1246)

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