Pablo Picasso, ‘Buste d'homme barbu au chapeau’, 1971, Christie's
Pablo Picasso, ‘Buste d'homme barbu au chapeau’, 1971, Christie's

Signed in red crayon, inscribed P, one of 17 lettered hors-commerce impressions, aside from the edition of 182, the full sheet, in very good condition, loose in a paper folder; with the book L'Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau (print and book), as issued, title, justification and text, published by Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, within the original paper covers with the title in gilt on a green leather label on the spine, and green paper-covered slipcase.
Plate 118 x 89 mm., Sheet 300 x 232 mm.
320 x 260 mm. (overall)

From the Catalogue:
This book was published to commemorate the establishment of the Reventós-Picasso Foundation in memory of Dr Cinto Reventos (?-1968). One of Picasso's closest friends as a youth, Reventós had been a respected physician at the Hospital of the Holy Cross and of Saint Paul in Barcelona. The project was the initiative of Gustau Gili Esteve and of his wife, Anna Maria, and Picasso donated this plate for the publication. Proceeds from the sale of the book were used to set up a specialist unit for respiratory illnesses in the hospital. The printing was completed on 25 October 1971, Picasso's 90th birthday.
—Courtesy of Christie's

Christie's Special Notice
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Bloch 2014; Baer 1989; Cramer Books 151

Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona.

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