Pablo Picasso, ‘Bacchanale’, 1959, Onessimo Fine Art

Edition of 50, On Arches Paper
“In the mid-1950s Picasso renewed an earlier interest in some of the classical motifs that he associated with the region—particularly the theme of the Bacchanale. Mythical characters first appeared in his work during his neo-classical period after the First World War, and he returned to them for a period during the early 1930s under the influence of Surrealism. Ten years later, even as the war raged around Paris, in 1944 he was working on an adaptation of Poussin’s Bacchanal 1628 (Louvre Museum, Paris), reflecting his longing perhaps for the arcadian pleasures it represents. In his many images of the theme created after his return to the south in 1945, the fauns, satyrs, and dancing figures that he associated with ancient Greece abound. The figure of the piper or flutist has a special significance in providing the music to which the participants move. Picasso created numerous representations of him playing the diaule or double-flute, both in combination with other figures, and alone. [The Flutists] ubiquitous presence in Picasso’s depictions of revelry may reflect the importance of music for the artist in the events.”

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Publisher: Galerie Louise Leiris

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