Pablo Picasso, ‘Bacchanale avec chevreau et spectateur’, 1959, Christie's

Signed in pencil, numbered 21/50 (there were also approximately twenty artist's proofs), published by Galerie Louise Leiris, 1960, the full sheet, with very pale mount staining, otherwise in very good condition, framed.
Image 526 x 635 mm., Sheet 620 x 748 mm.

From the Catalogue:
Although linocuts form a relatively small part of Picasso’s oeuvre as a printmaker, he produced some of his most outstanding compositions by this method in a short burst of activity between 1958 to 1963. Unlike with techniques such as etching and lithography, no other artist had experimented much with the linocut before Picasso's exhaustive exploration of its creative possibilities. His first involvement with linocut printing had been rather casual. In 1952 he had produced a series of simple posters for the potters of Vallauris, a village in the hills above Cannes. It was only six years later that he engaged with the technique more intensely. Working with the young printer Hidalgo Arnéra, he re-imagined Lucas Cranach’s sober Portrait of a Young Girl. The resulting print is astonishing, but he found the process too labour-intensive and complicated, as it had required the cutting and registering of six different colour blocks, to be printed precisely on top of one another. As was typical of Picasso when faced with technical difficulties, he relished the challenge and in a bold move completely re-invented the technique. Rather than using separate blocks for each colour, he printed from just one; the so-called 'reduction' method where the uncarved block was printed in one flat colour, and then cut and printed in each successive colour. Whilst making the task of registration much simpler, this new technique required tremendous foresight to know how each change in the block would affect the composition.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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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