Pablo Picasso, ‘Corrida en Arles’, 1951, Christie's


A unique colour variant, one of only three proofs printed from all three plates before steel-facing, the yellow plate inked à la poupée in blue, yellow and green, printed by Jacques Frélaut at Lacourière's printshop (there were also nine impressions printed after steel-facing without the supervision of the artist), the full sheet, with deckle edges at left and right, pale light-staining, scattered pinpoint foxing, generally in good condition, framed
Plate 420 x 540 mm., Sheet 500 x 655 mm.

From the Catalogue:
Throughout his career, Picasso was often frustrated by methods of colour printing which required separate plates for each primary colour. This laborious approach of creating chromatic range through overprinting did not suite Picasso's spontaneous approach to image making. As a result, with the exception of relief printing in which the artist pioneered a new linocut technique known as the reductive method, colour prints are rare in his oeuvre. Of the few examples of colour printing in intaglio, Corrida en Arles is the most ambitious in scale. Drawing the key plate with a pocketknife through a soft varnish called vernis à la cire, Picasso then added two colour plates, one printed in red, and the second inked à la poupée, a method in which the plate is inked in more than one colour, selectively applied with a dabber to different areas of the composition. In this impression, the blue shadows to the bullring, the bright yellow sunlight and the pale green afternoon sky are all printed from the same plate. This approach to inking allowed for a much greater degree of experimentation - the coloration of all three known impressions printed in this manner before steel-facing and from all three plates is unique. Although a more intuitive approach to printing colour, this method does not seem to have satisfied the artist as the print was never editioned.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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See Bloch 1355; Baer 887Bb

The estate of the artist; then by descent.
Marina Picasso (B. 1951), Geneva, New York and Cannes (Lugt 3698).
Sotheby's, London, 30 June 1993, lot 634.

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