Pablo Picasso, ‘Dans L'Arene: La Pique ’, 1949, John Szoke

Aquatint printed on Arches vellum paper
Unique proof printed before steelfacing
Illustration for Prosper Mérimée's novella Carmen
Stamp signed, lower right
Inscribed ”epreuve avant aciérage” in pencil, lower left
Marina Picasso stamp on verso, lower left
Printed by Lacourière, 1949
Published by La Bibliothèque Française, 1949
Image: 10 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches
Sheet: 19 5/8 x 13 3/24 inches
Framed: 23 x 20 1/8 inches

Signature: Stamp signed, lower right

Publisher: La Bibliothèque Française

(Bloch 570) (Baer 837.A.1) (Cramer 52)

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