Pablo Picasso, ‘ Before the Lance | Avant la Pique’, 1959, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original linocut in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50 at the lower left margin.
This linocut was printed by Hidalgo Arnéra in Vallauris and published by the Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris in 1959 in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions.
Another impression of this edition is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The paper bears the Arches watermark along the left margin.

Note: Picasso had moved to the South of France with his second wife Jacqueline Roque in 1955, at the age of 78. Far from the printshops of Mourlot and Frélaut in Paris, Picasso began to make linocuts with the printer Hidalgo Arnéra in Vallauris. He experimented with the printing methods, from the physical carving and inking of the plates to the chemical makeup of the inks, and created about 200 linocuts in this period.
Arnéra was an involved collaborator in Picasso’s experimentation. Frustrated by the technical limitations of traditional colour relief printing, Picasso, invented his own 'reductive' method. While Picasso had occasionally used the linocut technique before to a limited extent, his previous efforts essentially mimicked the woodcut. As he worked with Arnéra, however, he developed the medium to its full expressive potential, using methods as unique as sanding the plate for texture and wetting an inked sheet under the shower to achieve particular textural effects. His innovative linocut technique allowed Picasso to work with fluidity to realise his unique creative vision.

Provenance: The collection of Hilmar Reksten, Fjøsanger Bergen, Norway.
Hilmar Reksten (1897-1980) was an important Norwegien ship-owner based in Bergen. From 1950's until the 1970's his company was one of the largest in the world.
He was also involved in charity throughout his life, namely in the Bergen International Festival and the foundation Hilmar Reksten Almennyttige Fund.
Our work is included and illustrated in his collection book "Hilmar Rekstens samlinger: billedkunst, tepper, sølv" published by Hilmar Rekstens almennyttige fond in 1979 as number 68.

Literature:

  1. Bloch, G. (1971). Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1904-1967. Bern: Edition Kornfeld et Klipstein.
    Reference: Bloch 946
  2. Baer, B. (1994). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome V, Catalogue Raisonne de l'OEuvre Grave et des Monotypes, 1959-1965. Bern: Editions Kornfeld.
    Reference: Baer 1220. II.B.a.

Condition: Excellent condition

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2016
Picasso and His Printers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016
Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Pablo Picasso | Print as an original art form, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2016
Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2016
Picasso and His Printers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016
Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Pablo Picasso, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2015
Picasso Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The Collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2016
Picasso-Giacometti, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2016
Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
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