Pablo Picasso, ‘Bacchanale (Musical Composition)’, 1960, Baterbys Art Gallery

Pablo Picasso said that printmaking was his way of "writing fiction." In his drawings and prints, he created creatures and figures inspired by fantasy and mythology. While living in a villa above Cannes, he drew upon classical themes associated with the region especially the Bacchanale and Arcadian pleasure. This scene of leisure is interesting in composition and full of complex details.

From the edition of 250. Numbered in pencil lower left , with the Blind stamp of the printer and publisher. Printed and published by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris, on Auvergene a la Main paper

Signature: Hand Signed in pencil lower right in margins

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