Pablo Picasso, ‘Buste d’homme et femme nus, 2 June 1969’, 1969, Opera Gallery

Signature: Signed and dated ‘Picasso 2.6.69.’ (lower right)

Chicago, R.S. Johnson International Gallery, Picasso, 20 Drawings, 1967-1971, fall 1971, p. 23, No. 6 (ill. titled Man and Woman)

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 31 : œuvres de 1969, Éditions Cahiers d’Art, Paris, 1976, No. 227, ill. p. 70
The Picasso Project (ed.), Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Sixties III, 1968-1969, San Francisco, 2003, No. 69-230 (ill. with incorrect medium), p. 170

Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
R.S. Johnson International Gallery, Chicago
Private collection (acquired from the above, fall 1971; thence by descent)

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